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BSc Geophysics

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- identify and describe common minerals and rocks and explain how they formed;
- integrate data from different sources to establish the geological history of an area;
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of the physics relating to the study of the earth;
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic mathematics used to describe, model, and quantify geophysical processes;
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure of the earth and the geophysical techniques used to study it;
- work within a UNIX environment, write computers programs to evaluate and process data and produce digital maps;
- interpret and evaluate underlying geophysical concepts and principles;
- present a structured and coherent argument.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the ability to communicate knowledge and arguments in written and oral form;
- the ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team.


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 knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.


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