2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE1680 3D Earth
20 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Sandra Piazolo
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsSufficient qualifications to be admitted to any of the programmes to which this module is core content are assumed sufficient.
Module replacesPartial replacement of former Geology 2 (SOEE1580) - Structural part(level 1 course)
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module explores the three dimensional nature of the Earth through time. The students will integrate structural geology with the occurrence and nature of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks in the framework of plate tectonics. Students will learn how to describe, quantify and interpret geological structures and how Earth history can be interpreted in two- and three-dimensions using geological maps and cross sections.
Objectives- Students will learn to integrate structural geology with the occurrence and nature of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks in the framework of plate tectonics.
- Students will learn how to describe, quantify and interpret geological structures
- Students will learn how Earth history can be interpreted in two- and three-dimensions using geological maps and cross sections.
1. describe the processes leading to the formation, deformation and distribution of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks in an area or region at a range of scales
2. apply the principles of geometry, stress and strain in order to quantitatively describe geological structures and processes
3. collect, record, manipulate, present and interpret common forms of geological data in the laboratory and in the field, individually and as part of a team, while identifying and minimising hazards associated with these activities
4. construct three dimensional geological models from outcrop patterns, field observations, maps, and other sources of data, present these models in the form of geological maps and cross sections, and interrogate them using qualitative and quantitative approaches
5. formulate a geological history for an area or region by integrating field or laboratory observations, geological maps and cross sections, and other forms of common geological data.
Field work skills
Project planning and execution
3D spatial thinking through time
Techniques of graphical representation and quantification of 3D features
Resilience to adverse condition
- The mechanics of deformation and the formation and description of geological structures and their relationship to stress and strain
- Principles and practise of stereographic projection techniques.
- Principles of kinematics versus dynamics
- Principle of the links between deformation and sedimentary basin formation and their architecture and characteristics in 3D.
- Geological mapwork including geometrical and trigometrical tools, this will be delivered strongly utilizing Virtual Landscape
- application of the geometric expression of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks,
- use of geological maps to predict the geometric relationships in the subsurface, including construction of cross-sections, geological histories and to derive relationships of basin fills and basin-basement boundaries, igneous emplacement and metamorphic rocks, unconformities.
- interpretation of Earth history by the integration of several geological datasets derived from the field, maps and/or cross-section
- Synthesis/Integration of material covered so far in year 1
- Staff led practical of case studies
- Independent individual & group work
Pembroke Field class (6 days):
- Collection, description and interpretation of field data.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||2||1.50||3.00|
|Independent online learning hours||6.00|
|Private study hours||79.00|
|Total Contact hours||115.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPrivate study will be partly field analysis (6 hrs per field day/6 field days),5 * 1 hr evening private study during field class, independent reading of recommended text books, independent revision of lectures and practical notes, and completing any unfinished work from practical classes.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackIn practicals, staff and demonstrators provide continuous formative feedback, with occasional exercises run as small class tests under exam conditions with feedback provided afterwards.
Model answers and solutions provided for weekly practical work.
During field course: Throughout field days continuous formative feedback. In addition, 3rd day formative feedback on field note book individually, 4th day group poster - formative feedback per group, Individual poster (handed in 1 week after fieldwork) - individual formative assessment
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Practical||Pembroke Field Class - Poster due 1 week after Easter break (formative only)||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
alternative format assessment for fieldwork available - students are required to resit the exams if they fail at the first equivalent exam
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||1 hr 30 mins||50.00|
|Open Book exam||1 hr 30 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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