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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course is based on a residential field programme that enables students to directly study geological phenomena and relationships in the field. it provides hands-on experience and develops 3-D approaches to thinking and problem solving.  The learning environment is remote from the university, and encourages students to learn individually and in small group settings. The course covers a range of techniques typically, geological field mapping,  sedimentary logging, and examination of detailed field relationships to enable broader scale conclusions to be drawn. Assessments are undertaken during the actual fieldcourse. The field course is paid for directly by participants.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ian Alsop

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • GL2510 An Introduction to Field Geology (Passed)
  • GL2511 Geophysics (Passed)
  • GL2015 Petrology & Mineralogy (Passed)
  • One of Archaeology (AY) (Studied) or Geography (GG) (Studied) or Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • GL2014 Stratigraphical Principles (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL3017 Field Techniques 1 (Helmsdale) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

One week field excursion: The excursion concentrates on field techniques and data recording and interpretation. Experience will be gained in mapping and logging sedimentary sequences. Field recording and interpretation includes structural data, current directions, construction of cross-sections, reconstruction of palaeoenvironments and field palaeontology.

Associated Costs

There are two field trips at an estimated cost of £430 and £460 each.  Field notebooks will also be required at an approximate cost of £12 each.

Further Information & Notes

Note(s): Fieldwork is a compulsory part of this course. Fieldwork may involve crossing rough terrain, including steep gradients, rocky areas and along cliffs, and may take place during inclement weather. Any student with concerns about this, who feels adjustments or additional support may be required, should contact the University's Disability Adviser or the Department Disability Co-ordinator as early as possible. The Department is committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the degree programme.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%). This will include assessments carried-out whilst on fieldwork and in practical classes. Resit: Repeat course.

Formative Assessment

The majority of teaching is a small groups at outcrop. Feedback is therefore continuous and on-going throughout the course. Field-based exercises are submitted after the days fieldwork, and marked and returned whilst the residential part of the course is still running.


Field-based assessments are marked and returned during the field course, giving feedback on one exercise before completion of the next. Class-based exercises will be fed-back after each exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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