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Undergraduate Course: Cyprus Excursion and Synoptical Practical for Geologists (EASC10068)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course consists of three elements, namely:

1. Geology Final Year field Course to Cyprus;
2. student portfolio; and
3. Synoptic Practical course and exam.

This component of the Course consists of a series of introductory / scene-setting lectures in Edinburgh and a two week residential trip to consider the Evolution of Cyprus in its Eastern Mediterranean context. Students are introduced to the principal theories and concepts of recent work from Cyprus in its regional geological settting and will gain a detailed, critical understanding of the island as well as the key processes that have shaped its evolution. This utilises all the student skills and understanding of geological and related principles developed over the 4 years of the Geology degree.

Student Portfolio
This consists of an assessed project that tests a student's understanding of rock and mineral identification primarily through the use of thin section microscopy. Students are supplied with three 'unseen' thin sections (one each of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types), which they describe and interpret in illustrated reports, each of 2 sides length, for each rock. The exercise builds on students' previous 3 years of microsdcope and petrological work.

Synoptic Practical
This consists of a 4-hour practical exam that concludes the finals exams process in May. It is entrely exam-based, aimed to bring together a wide range of materials and elements of practical experience that students have developed in the preceding 4 years. The practical involves synthesising and interpreting the geological evolution of an area based on its geological map and additional rock, fossil, mineral and field information (hand specimens, thin sections, photos) as well as relevant structural, isotopic and geocvhemical or other data. Students are supported in their preparatory work for practical examination through the provision of a 'dry-run' practical class in which they are introduced to the style of exam, the prinicples of time management involved in its completion, and the types of data that need to be integrated when synthesising the geological evolution of an area.
Course description Semester 1:
Student Portfolio
3 thin sections to describe and interpret in illustrated reports, each of 2 sides length, for each rock. Carried out in Students' own time over the period October 4th to November 15th 2016

Semester 2:
5 Lectures (Edinburgh), Block 3 of Semester 2, on key aspects of the Geology of Cyprus.
Two-week residential trip to Cyprus.
Synoptic Practical
4-hour practical exam that concludes the finals exams process in May.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Structural Geology (EASC09002) AND Field Skills for Earth Surface Scientists (EASC09032) AND Geology 3rd Year Field Courses (EASC09029)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Contribution to the fieldwork costs in 2014 was 270
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop skills in the best use of primary field and lab-based methods in order to develop and test geological ideas and concepts, in both field-based (Cyprus) and laboratory-based (Synoptic practical, Student portfolio) contexts.
  2. Enhance critical awareness of hypothesis development and evolution.
  3. Enhance skills in appraisal through the use of practical techniques.
  4. Develop skills in professional judgement and decision-making based on the critical review and consolidation of diverse and incomplete data sets.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCyprus-Geol,field mappingmicroscopylaboatory analysiscritical appraisal
Course organiserProf Simon Harley
Tel: (0131 6)50 8547
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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