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GL4532: INTEGRATIVE GEOLOGY THROUGH FIELDWORK (2022-2023)

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Course Overview

Field observations and their interpretations together with other datasets and imagery, allied to focussed laboratory work on geological materials, may be integrated to inform understanding of geological processes that play within and upon the earth’s crust. The course will enhance essential geo- and reasoning skills through integrated field, laboratory and desk-top investigations showing how geological processes interact in time and place – a culmination of the BSc Geology programme.   

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Robert Butler

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course integrates direct observation and interpretation of geology from directed fieldwork together with published datasets to build a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of the evolution of part of the continental crust through a period of geological time. The fieldwork component will consist of a linked series of data-gathering and interpretation tasks. This will be supplemented by additional resources such as geophysical subsurface/satellite imagery and geochemical data.

When appropriate logistical arrangements can be made, the course will involve studying a “geotraverse” style transect, involving residential fieldwork of approximately one week’s duration. This will link to associated “desk-top” exercises for context and to supplement fieldwork leading to an integrated understanding of linked geological processes.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Field class - cost to be notified once venues etc fixed at start of academic year for the L4 cohort. GBP 0.00

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 26 - 35

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Field Notebook and Synthesis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Comments on field notebook etc. A formative feedback exercise will run during the field class. Assessment to be submitted at end of field class. Feedback within a few days of return from field.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseIntegration of diverse earth science information
ConceptualUnderstandEnhance knowledge of geological concepts
FactualRememberConsolidation of geological field and laboratory skills
ProceduralApplyPlanning and executing focused investigation of geological outcrops and regions
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Integrated synthesis poster

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Verbal commentary in seminar session, written notes afterwards. Note - a formative poster-based integrative task will run during the field class. Assessment running through closing weeks of HS2. Feedback within a few days after the seminar

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDevelopment of integrated geological histories linked to internal and surficial earth processes.
ProceduralCreateEnhance visual presentation skills.
ReflectionEvaluateChallenging published geological investigations and interpretations against one's own observations and deductions.
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Laboratory work-book and synthesis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Lab book with basic results and analyses and summarised. The organisation, lay-out and quality of synthesis will be assessed here. Formative feedback given during the sessions.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseIntegration of diverse earth science information
ConceptualUnderstandEnhance knowledge of geological concepts
FactualRememberConsolidation of geological field and laboratory skills
ProceduralApplyPlanning and executing focused investigation of geological outcrops and regions
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

An essay-based exam, no word limit, under exam conditions. Feedback provided via comments on script

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberConsolidation of geological field and laboratory skills
ConceptualUnderstandEnhance knowledge of geological concepts
ProceduralApplyPlanning and executing focused investigation of geological outcrops and regions
ConceptualAnalyseIntegration of diverse earth science information
ProceduralCreateDevelopment of integrated geological histories linked to internal and surficial earth processes.
ReflectionEvaluateChallenging published geological investigations and interpretations against one's own observations and deductions.
ReflectionEvaluateEnhancement of critical thinking and reasoning skills.
ProceduralCreateEnhance visual presentation skills.

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