Undergraduate Course: Field Skills for Geology and Physical Geography (EASC09051)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides key field skills required to observe, measure, process and interpret landscapes from both a geological and geographical perspective.
***Field course locations may change for a variety of reasons, including security risks, increased costs or inability to access field locations. Any changes to the main destination of the field course will be announced as soon as possible.***
This course encompasses key field and online training provided for 3rd year GPG students through delivery of field courses including:
- 2 week field course to Inchnadamph in NW Scotland (run at the end of Sem2 in May/June)
- *A seven day virtual field trip based around the geology and geomorphology of southern Spain (run during spring vacation)
Courses teach a wide array of field skills, including geological and geomorphic mapping, identification of relevant geologic evidence, landscape interpretation, quantitative field and GIS based skills, and methods of data collection.
The Inchnadamph trip aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between the surface and the subsurface and increases the ability of students to gather pertinent data from rock outcrops and surface features. The trip is broadly divided into two. A first week dedicated to the bedrock geology in terms of identifying lithologies, structural displacements, sedimentary environments and mapping. The mapping is over three days. The second week is dedicated to the geomorphology of the region, and the controls determined by the underlying geology. There are glacial exercises on mapping landforms, and a fluvial exercise that lasts 2 days.
The virtual Spain trip uses GIS based mapping with online materials to focus on the development of Neogene and Quaternary sedimentary basins and associated landscape evolution in the Betic Cordillera in SE Spain. By the end of the virtual Spain trip, 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. The principal learning outcomes of the Spain component of the course are the further development of key integrated skills based on a region which will assist students when they undertake their dissertation project. 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.
*If the conditions around Covid 19 permit travel, the virtual Spain study may be run as a field excursion to the Sorbas region of southern Spain.
For up to date information regarding field trip costs and dates please go to: https://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/teaching-organisation/ug-students/ug-field-trips
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 4,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Fieldwork Hours 85,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Inch: 50% of course: Geological mapping, Fluvial exercise (due during Field trip)
For academic year 20-21 only, virtual field trip: 50% from expanded notebook on virtual field trip (to be submitted online after the virtual field trip)
||Assessments are carried out in the field, and all work is handed in by the end of the trips. This means that there are lots of opportunities to discuss progress with staff and demonstrators. On both trips, notebooks are looked at and formative feedback is given. Discussions are ongoing throughout evening work sessions, and so feedback is constantly given on all aspects of student learning on these trips.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop a broad, integrated knowledge of the geology and evolution of both the Assynt region and its place in the geological evolution of NW Britain, and the Neogene and Quaternary evolution of SE Spain.
- Develop a broad, integrated knowledge of the processes that shape the Earth's surface and how to quantify them including measurements of hydraulic geometry, stream gauging, mapping of Quaternary landforms, measurements of sediments, and topographic measurements (e.g., channel slope and width) and GIS methodologies
- Develop and enhance field skills required for the effective documentation and interpretation of data from both rock outcrops, topography, and measurements of Earth Surface processes. These skills will include mapping, cross-section construction, sediment logging, field surveying, analysis of sediments and quantitative methods of data collection.
- Develop skills in visualising map and related field data in three dimensions using appropriate graphical techniques.
- Develop skills in synthesising the evolution of an area in terms of its geology and its surface processes through the integrated use of field measurements, maps, application of theoretical models of landscape evolution, cross-sections, diagrams and accompanying reports.
|Students are expected to read widely on their selected topic area. Additional generic papers in how to conduct research or write proposals etc will be provided throughout the semester.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Geology,Physical Geography,Field Skills,Mapping
|Course organiser||Prof Hugh Sinclair
Tel: (0131 6)50 5931
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430