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Course Overview

35 days of individual geological field mapping. During the exercise the student will devise and carry out a research project based on an aspect of the area mapped and submit a final map and report.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Either BSc Archaeology-Geoscience (Passed) or BSc Geography-Geoscience (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • GL3525 Field & Mapping Techniques 2 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

  • ()

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL4023 Geological Mapping Project (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This is an independent project and has no specific lecture or practical syllabus. The course aims to make students integrate all their geological knowledge and skills gained on previous courses and challenges them to be more aware of their own academic and self management skills. The course is designed to encourage students to plan and execute a small research project and, whilst the initial choice of project is subject to staff scrutiny (for reasons of safety and geological suitability), the subsequent input and guidance from staff advisers is controlled by student request.

Further Information & Notes

Cannot be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with GL 4023 Geological Mapping Project.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessment of field note books, field maps, logs etc.; assessment of map "clean copy" (60%); Poster & oral presentation (40%).

Formative Assessment

Guidance will be given in the field and at tutorials by mutual agreement between staff and students.


Tutorials and field days will allow formative feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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