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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Geoscience 4th Year Field Course (EASC10086)

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
SummaryMarine Techniques and Processes Course: Five days' field work at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory at the start of summer, end of the 3rd year.
The course is designed to build on skills first introduced/developed in the 3rd field course EASC09036 and laboratory techniques course EASC09045. The trip is designed to provide hands-on experience with water and sediment sampling methods, and bathymetric and hydrographic survey techniques, commonly used in coastal oceanography. Water and sediment samples are subsequently analysed for a variety of parameters and, together with bathymetric and hydrographic data, are used to provide insights on the physical and biogeochemical processes occurring in Loch Etive. A further element of the course focuses on coastal geomorphology and a prediction of how the local environment will respond to projected environmental change.
Course description Students are provided with all introductory lectures and materials during the field trip.
There are four days of fieldwork in which students are rotated in groups between the following four exercises.
1) Water and sediment sampling and CTD profiling on RV Seol Mara.
2) Hydrographic and bathymetric surveys.
3) Analyses of water column and sediment porewater samples (in laboratory at SAMS).
4) Coastal geomorphology studies and tutorial in Ocean Data View software package.
Objectives and skills development are as described in Course Description and Learning Outcomes sections.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Field Course in Tropical Marine and Terrestrial Geoscience (EASC09036) AND Environmental Techniques and Applications (EASC09045)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Fieldtrip contribution paid by students was 70 for June 2014 trip to Oban.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Fieldwork Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 58 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

The course is assessed through two reports, the first (75%, 2500-3000 words) addressing the hydrographic and geochemical studies conducted in Loch Etive, the second (25%) addressing the coastal geomorphology/environmental change elements.

Reports are due in electronic form on the first day of semester 1. Hard copies are to be submitted to the TO office one week later.
Feedback Extensive feedback is provided through annotations and written comments on reports.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design and implementation of field sampling techniques and surveys.
  2. Collection and interpretation of environmental data sets.
  3. Parallel assessment of physical, biological and chemical processes in a natural setting.
  4. Data quality assessment.
  5. Written field-report techniques.
Reading List
Libes, S., Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Field techniques, Report writing
Keywords4th Year Geoscience Field Courses
Contacts
Course organiserDr Greg Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8502
Email: Dr.Greg.Cowie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
Email: Sarah.Thomas@ed.ac.uk
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