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BSc Geology

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
• demonstrate the ability to acquire and make flexible use of the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the geological sciences; such as in the investigation of sedimentary sequences, igneous and metamorphic processes and tectonics; the ability to describe, identify and reach informed conclusions as to possible origins of a range of geological materials and structures; and, the ability to visualise geological data in three dimensions;
• proficiently use basic generic and subject specific knowledge of Earth materials, enabling the ability to answer research questions and open-ended real-world problems through various forms of presentations styles;
• be able to communicate the results of their work;
• present a structured and coherent argument;
• access and evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;
• demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the geological sciences; such as applying laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge for advanced fieldwork problem solving and investigation;
• work autonomously within a structured environment; e.g., independent capacity to construct and interpret geological maps and cross-sections through exposure to field work and laboratory training;
• conform to professional boundaries and norms where appropriate by understanding the practical, economic, and ethical implications of the utilisation of geological resources at professional industry standard.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
• qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied; e.g. the ability to evaluate a problem based on data collection, interpretation, synoptic thinking and thorough critical reflection;
• skills necessary for the communication of information; comprehensive level of data presentation via oral presentations, posters, technical reports and essays;
• skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility and decision making such as the ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the discipline, including dealing with open-ended real-world problems.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
• demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
• work that draws on a wide variety of material;
• the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
• demonstrating a broad knowledge base;


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