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Undergraduate Course: Transferable Skills for Geophysicists (EASC10040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course includes two components, both of which are essential components of the geophysics senior honours year, but which are otherwise independent of each other.
The first component is the field trip. This forms 80% of the course. The field trip is held in the week running Saturday to Saturday which contains October 1st (usually week 3 of the semester). The trip is run in conjunction with the Université de Paris Sud (France) and the Universitet Münster (Germany) and is held in locations in the UK, Germany and France on a 3-year cycle. The current planned locations are as follows:

2014: Montalivet-Les-Bains, France
2015: Tideswell, Derbyshire, England
2016: Germany (probably Bermuthshein in the Vogelsberg mountains)
2017: France

While on the field trip, students will apply a variety of geophysical techniques (gravity, seismic, resistivity, magnetic surveying, ground-penetrating radar) to the same study area in order to learn as much as possible about the subsurface properties of that study area.

The second component is a presentation given during Innovative Learning Week. The subject of the presentation is the project work which the student carried out in semester 1.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Measurement Techniques in Geophysics (EASC09024)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Geophysics Project 1 (EASC10052) OR Geophysics Project (EASC10065)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Contribution to food/accomodation costs of the field trip (in 2013/14, this was £128 per student).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Fieldwork Hours 80, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 5 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
The field course accounts for 80% of your total mark. The assessment of the field course consists of two parts: daily marking of you as an individual by each individual teacher who teaches you that day, and a post-trip report. Each of these contributes half of your field trip related marks for this course.

Each day you will be learning a different piece of equipment and associated processing and interpretation methods taught by a different teacher, and each evening you will be given an overall mark by that teacher. This mark trades off your field proficiency, your ability to understand and process the data, and your overall level of participation in the team. At the end of the week these marks are averaged to provide your overall mark from the trip itself, and this forms half of your overall field trip mark.

In addition you will write up a 4-page report of what you have learned about the field area, how you learnt it, and what uncertainties exist in your interpretation of the area. This will be marked, contributing the other half of the field mark.

Together, the above two components comprise 80% of your total marks for the Transkills course.

The other 20% of your Transkills marks derives from your presentation of your semester 1 project work (this presentation takes place in Innovative Learning Week in semester 2). You are awarded marks by members of the staff in the audience, who's marks are averaged.

Deadline for the post field trip report is due on the 14th of October, 2015
Feedback The students get continuous feedback in the field on their field skills, and in the late afternoons and evenings when they are doing data processing and interpretation. Staff are always on hand, often teaching but even more often answering questions and giving feedback.

Examples of feedback can be found here:
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The field course develops your technical field skills so that you can operate pieces of equipment commonly used for near-surface geophysics.
  2. You will gain knowledge and a critical understanding of the value of each technique, and when it should and should not be used, and what it can tell you about the Earth.
  3. You will gain experience of making decisions and interpretations where data is limited and comes from a range of sources.
  4. You will experience working in international, cross-disciplinary teams to tackle a common problem.
Reading List
Applied Geophysics, 2nd Edition ¿ W. M. Telford, L. P. Geldart & R. E. Sheriff
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Hugh Pumphrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 6026
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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