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Undergraduate Course: Geology 3rd Year Field Courses (EASC09029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryGeology students will go to either Mull or Kinlochleven, plus Spain 1.

Mull: An integration of the Archaean to Recent geological history of Mull, and the construction of a rock-relation diagram. Topics covered will include: Lewisian gneiss; structural geology of deformed Moine schists; Caledonian granite; Mesozoic sedimentary rocks; Tertiary plutonic and extrusive igneous rocks.

Kinlochleven is a structural mapping exercise in deformed Dalradian metamorphic rocks that integrates field observations and mapping with thin section work on site. The course is an extension of the structural geology lecture and aims at training the participants in analysing rocks that experienced multiple deformation events by interpreting data collected on different scales.

Spain 1 focuses on the development of Neogene and Quaternary sedimentary basins and associated magmatic activity in the Betic Cordillera in SE Spain. Dates - 14/2/2014-21/2/2015.
Course description Not applicable.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Global Tectonics and the Rock Cycle (EASC08020) AND Structural Geology (EASC09002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements An alternative to Global Tectonics and the Rock Cycle may count towards a student's pre-requisite requirements at the course organisers discretion.
Additional Costs Estimated contribution to field trip costs 2014 - Spain=260, Mull=100 and Kinlochleven=110
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is not available to visiting students.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Fieldwork Hours 82, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 2 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Course Work: 100 %,
Spain 1: Sedimentary log (40%); Rock-relations diagram (60%)
Mull: Rock-relations diagram (100%)
Kinlochleven: Map (50%), report including structural model and rock description (50%)

Kinlochleven: Map (50%), report including structural model and rock description (50%).
Feedback Spain 1: All work is marked, with comments, within 2 weeks of return from fieldtrip.
Students are given extensive verbal fieldwork during field course, on note taking, observation techniques, field sketching and other key field skills.

Mull: There will a formative assessment mapping exercise on the second day of the trip, and this will be returned with feedback during the same evening. The formal (summative) assessment will take the form of a composite rock-relations diagram for Mull that will be constructed in the evenings during the week. Detailed feedback will be given for each diagram.

Kinlochleven: The course is based on a high supervisor-student ratio. Feedback will be provided repeatedly throughout the week and in evening discussions and be related to the mapping strategy, structural data collection and interpretation as well as the map. Detailed feedback will be given on the formal assessment within 2 weeks after submission of the map and report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The nature of this course is such that the learning outcomes are principally field skills which will assist students when they undertake their independent mapping project.
  2. Students will learn how to exercise the autonomy and initiative required to conduct the independent mapping project and will practise drawing on a range of sources to assist with making judgements.
  3. The Mull and Kinlochleven trips will improve understanding of ductile deformation and a range of igneous phenomena. Both trips cover a similar range of material but the Kinlochleven trip is weighted towards structural mapping and the Mull trip towards interpreting rocks at outcrop.
  4. By the end of the Spain fieldtrip, students will have a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the Neogene and Quaternary evolution of SE Spain which will be gained through analysis of the sedimentology and geomorphology of the area studied.
Reading List
Not applicable.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGeology-Field_Courses,Mapping: Logging; structural field geology; Basin evolution; Field Sedimentolo
Course organiserDr Rachel Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6014
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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