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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Geology

Programme code:BS-GEOLUCAS code:F600
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr. David Ferguson Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A-level: ABB including two from: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. If Geography and Geology are taken together, another science is preferred as third subject. Offers exclude general studies.

GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or an equivalent appropriate English language and Mathematics qualification.

For International Baccalaureate, 34 points overall, with 16 points at higher level to include 5 points in two relevant subjects, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.

For Scottish Highers, AABBB overall with BB in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AABBBB. To include 2 relevant subjects.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment Taught Student Education Committee

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies (ES3)

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:

Geological Society of London (Due 2022)

Programme specification:

The programme will allow students to:
• be educated across the full range of the geological sciences, encouraging and enabling students to acquire a good background of geological knowledge;
• be trained in field and relevant laboratory techniques;
• develop investigative and communication skills;
• gain a good foundation for those who will embark on careers as professional geologists;
• access a course of sufficient breadth and intellectual training to suit the needs of those who will eventually work outside the subject area.

The BSc. Geology degree programme will be put forward for accreditation by the Geological Society. The syllabus has been designed with accreditation goals and criteria in mind and the School has long experience of delivering accredited programmes. Graduates from an accredited course gain fast-track progression towards obtaining Chartered Geologist status, which is the key professional qualification for a career in some commercial spheres of employment.
The programme fulfils national subject benchmark criteria in terms of:
• developing a multi-disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach to Earth systems, an holistic view of the materials, structure, processes and interactions of the Earth's core, mantle, crust, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere;
• developing an understanding of major geoscience paradigms including uniformitarianism, geological time, plate tectonics, and evolution of life on Earth and an appreciation of relevant temporal and spatial scales;
• allowing students to become equipped with geological terminology and nomenclature, and the skills for the identification and classification of Earth materials;
• providing methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing field and laboratory data with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use, including the collection and documentation of geological field data, for production and interpretation of geological maps;
• enabling students to develop an awareness of issues concerning the exploration, development, exploitation, sustainability and different value sets relating to Earth resources, to contribute to informed debate on aspects of the geological sciences including human impacts on the environment and the impacts of geohazards on human societies, and to appreciate the contribution of the discipline of geology to the development of knowledge and its applicability to the world of work.

The strengths of the degree programme here in Leeds include:
• a learning experience within an environment of active research;
• strong theoretical and applied themes developed and interlinked;
• emphasis on field skills and independent mapping or laboratory projects;
• extensive communication, employment-related and team skills development;
• opportunity to include an industrial placement year

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE1620The Rock Cycle20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1630Field, GIS and Research Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE1640Earth Through Time20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1670Geology and Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE16803D Earth20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students should select up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

Students should select up to 20 credits from the following optional modules, using the guidance below.

SOEE1481 and SOEE1135 are foundational modules that bring skills in maths and chemistry up to a common standard. Students who do not have A level and/or AS level Maths (grade A-C) or equivalent MUST register for SOEE1481. Students who do not have A Level Chemistry at grade C or above MUST register for SOEE1135. If required to be taken, then these modules are Pass for Progression. If in doubt, please consult your academic personal tutor or the programme leader.

Students who already have A Level/AS Level Maths and/or A Level Chemistry that meet the above conditions are prohibited from registering for these modules (SOEE1481 and SOEE1135).

Students with A Level Pure or Further Maths may be excluded from studying SOEE1302 depending on the units taken and grade and should seek advice from the Module and/or Programme Leader before enrolling for this module.

SOEE1034Natural Hazards10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1053Our Habitable Planet10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1120Vertebrate Evolution10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1135Foundation Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1312Advanced Mathematics 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Students who are not studying both SOEE1481 and SOEE1135 may elect to substitute 10 credits of optional study for a discovery module choice, subject to timetabling constraints and matters of credit balance across semesters.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

SOEE2900Petrology and Geochemistry20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2910Palaeoenvironmental Analysis20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2931Advanced Skills for Geoscientists20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2940Applied Geosciences20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE2950Sedimentary Basins and their Resources10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2960Resources from Rocks and Minerals10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2980Global Tectonics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

- Failure to attend any part of a compulsory field class is likely to impact critically on subsequent understanding and performance.
- Failure to attend a significant part or all of a field class in the absence of a valid extenuating circumstance will inevitably require that the student attends the class in the following year. This may prevent progression to the next level of study until the field class has been attended.

Optional modules:

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

SOEE3041Easter Field Class-Geology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3073Independent Field Projects (GS)40 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3470Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3480Past Global Environmental Systems10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3490Mountain Belt Processes10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students should select up to 40 credits from the following options.

SOEE3060Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3110Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3135Engineering Geology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3171Volcanic Processes10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3282Groundwater10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE3451Structural Geology for the Future10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3600Ore Deposits and their Exploitation10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 03/10/2023 14:27:13


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