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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course teaches the advanced field skills necessary for all practising geologists, and serves as preparation for the summer mapping project (GL4023). The material builds on that covered in GL3026 (Field & Mapping Techniques 1). Preliminary laboratory classes in Semester 2 are used to prepare students for the field exercises on the 10-day field trip. The students will learn how to systematically collect, analyse and present their own field data as part of wider scientific studies.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Healy

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • GL3027 Structural Geology & Tectonics (Studied)
  • One of BSc Geology (Studied) or Master of Geology (Studied) or BSc Geology-Petroleum Geology (Studied) or BSc Geography-Geoscience (Studied)
  • Either GL3520 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (Studied) or BSc Geography-Geoscience (Studied)
  • GL3026 Field and Mapping Techniques 1 (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • GL3521 Sedimentology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL3512 Field Techniques 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course comprises 1) background laboratory classes prior to embarking on field-based study. 2) 10 days of field work undertaken during second half-session. It consists of advanced field observation, mapping, data recording and analysis of the stratigraphic, sedimentological, structural,  and petrological characteristics of rocks in selected areas. Maps, sections, logs, graphs and field notebooks, together with posters of field syntheses and interpretations, are produced and developed during the course.  

Associated Costs

There will be costs associated with the fieldwork. 

Further Information & Notes

Fieldwork is a compulsory part of this course. Fieldwork may involve crossing rough terrain, including steep gradients, rocky areas and along cliffs and uneven shorelines, 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 Coordinator 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: 100% by in-course assessment (most assessment will be carried-out whilst on fieldwork). 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.


Laboratory exercises will be carried out and feedback given as soon as is practicable. Field-based assessments are marked and returned during the fieldcourse, 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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