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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE2096 Advanced Fieldwork, Mapwork, and Study Skills
20 creditsClass Size: 15
Module manager: Vern Manville
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsSuccessful completion Level 1 Geog Geol Programme
Non-attendance of the residential field classes without good reason will incur a financial cost to the student.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|SOEE2095||Research and Career Skills|
|SOEE2180||Field, Map and GIS Skills|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module covers the skills required to analyse geological maps and features and interpret basic remote sensing images. A brief outline of the various remote sensing tools and the principles by which they work is followed by group and individual work on their applications. Interpretation of different images from areas of active and ancient tectonics is followed by comparison between data available from images and from geological maps of comparable areas. This module delivers key training in advanced geological field techniques and prepares students for writing geological field reports. There is an introduction to GIS applications in geology, and the use of Digital Elevation Models (DEM). Specific applications include hydrogeology, fault-loss maps, isopachs, landslides and accurate cross-sections where units change in thickness.
ObjectivesField Skills: - To teach the skills of field observations, geological mapping, field data recording, and the preparation and presentation of geological maps and reports. - To develop an integrated approach to sedimentary basin analysis in the field. - To develop field safety awareness.
Map skills: - To reinforce map skills learnt in 1st year, apply them in new situations, and introduce geological remote sensing.
Career/Study Skills: -to enhance students' awareness of their transferable skills so that they can build on their strengths and improve weaknesses in order to make the most of degree programme opportunities and prepare their future career. -to review personal and transferable skills and to use this information to compile careers documents, including CVs - to improve oral and presentation skills and practice and training in giving a talk - to enhance certain transferable skills such as team working and writing skills - to practice the report-writing skills required for their mapping/research dissertation, and to prepare for their summer mapping/research via supervisor-led mapping tutorials.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
i) discuss the strengths and limitations of different remote sensing tools;
ii) assess relief, drainage, solid and drift lithologies, tectonic and sedimentary features from the appropriate images;
iii) use remote sensing images to plan exploration strategies;
iv) compare data from images with geological map information;
v) synthesise data in the form of sketch maps and cross-sections;
vi) establish and apply methodologies for analysis of complex maps;
vii) construct accurate cross-sections and geological histories in areas of complex structure and stratigraphy;
viii) know how to carry out advanced geological fieldwork;
ix) know how to construct a geology field report to a professional standard;
x) have experience of giving oral presentations;
xi) be able to create a professional skills-based CV.
Covid-19 disclaimer: this module has been severely impacted by the restrictions placed on travel and residential field classes by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a consequence of this a number of field classes have been cancelled, rescheduled, or replaced with desk-top exercises. While every effort is being made to ensure that the impacts on your degree programme and its learning outcomes are minimised, our first priority remains the health and well-being of our students and staff, such that some planned activities may have to be cancelled or replaced with alternatives at short notice.
Geological mapping and fieldwork skills.
Fieldwork: Residential field classes during Easter and Summer vacations that include field mapping training, field exercises on sedimentary rocks and integration of field-based observations into a regional/basinal synthesis, safety and hazard assessment.
Map skills: This module covers the skills required to analyse geological features and maps and interpret some remote sensing images. A brief outline of the various remote sensing tools and the principles by which they work is followed by group and individual work on their applications.
- Interpretation of different images from areas of active and ancient tectonics followed by comparison between data available from images and from geological maps of comparable areas. - - Interpretation of a variety of geological maps. Establishing strategies for dealing with complex and variable structures and stratigraphies, including constructing cross-sections and geological histories through such areas. Using geological maps to solve problems.
- preparing a professional standard geological field report based on a desk-top exercise (in lieu of data from a field class cancelled due to Covid-19) over 5 tutorials in semester 1.
- GG students undertaking a GS-facing independent mapping project only: Preparation for independent mapping/research dissertation projects over 5 tutorials during semester 2 (assignment marks accrue to GEOG2116).
Careers and study skills:
- Review of personal and transferable skills to compile careers documents such as CVs - improve oral presentation skills with practice and training in giving talks - enhance certain transferable skills such as team work - improve written communication and scientific skills by undertaking literature searches (paper and computer database) related to the geology of a particular region; - preparing a professional standard geological field report based on a desk-top exercise (in lieu of data from a field class cancelled due to Covid-19).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||23.00|
|Private study hours||50.00|
|Total Contact hours||169.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||242.00|
Private studyEvening study time on field trips and report writing after trips. Personal study time to work on practical and tutorial assessments and exercises.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Staff feedback on field skills and field notebook techniques during field classes, in subsequent tutorials, and in practicals
- Feedback on mapwork exercises during practicals
- Staff feedback on career and study skills sessions and assessments
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Desk-top Pembroke/Three Rivers Hills exercise write-up. Formatively assessed only||0.00|
|Assignment||Assessment of CV and online application. Formatively assessed only.||0.00|
|Fieldwork||Trip 1 – Pembroke (run during Easter 2021 to replace cancelled Pembroke field class from Level 1). Formatively assessed only||0.00|
|Fieldwork||Trip 2 – County Clare: Map and sedimentary log (75%); Group seminar (25%)||50.00|
|Fieldwork||Trip 3 – Assynt (run in June 2021 to replace cancelled Assynt field class from June 2021): Formatively assessed only||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Resit for County Clare field class will comprise a written literature review of the geology of the Ross Basin.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||2 hr||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Resit will comprise an open book online practical exam in the same format.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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