Undergraduate Course: MEarthSci field training (GESC11004)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| TBD
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Fieldwork Hours 100,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Field Note Book (50%): due in week 5
Research Report (50%): due in week 7
Field Note Book: This book should contain complete and legible notes that form a record of your scientific activities during the field course. Effective use of field notes is an essential part of the training on this course and field observations must be recorded accurately and clearly, remembering to include times, and place names. The notes should cover your research as well as other activities undertaken during the course. If samples are collected, a record of all sample bag numbers, as well as details of the sample locations should be made. Notes on the equipment used should also be made, and there should be records of the initial analysis of data sets, and the development of ideas during evening work at the field centre. Although most of you will wish to make photographic records, it is expected that where ever possible use will be made of annotated field sketches, diagrams and maps. Photographs do not replace field sketches; they are complementary.
Research Report: The research report should be an individual write-up of the research carried out during the field course and should follow the format of a peer-reviewed geoscience paper. The objectives are (i) to give you practice at writing reports, an essential skill for careers both in research and industry, and (ii) to ensure that you have come to grips with the science and theory that underpin our geological understanding. The main text of the report should be 5000 words (including abstract but not references). Each figure, graph and table should be given a number and a caption, so that it can be referenced appropriately in the text. Sources of information should be cited in the text in accordance with standard practice in scientific journals.
||We will be in a field environment working in a small group. There will be continuous discussion of the field sites throughout the week. Feedback both with regard to the notebook keeping and with regard to the individual projects will be available most of the time through personal discussion with the group leaders. Some time will be set aside for the personal research projects, during this time there may not be a staff member at hand.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand many features of tectonics, magmatism, sedimentology and geomorphology of the region.
- Conduct field work on stratigraphic successions and surface morphologies.
- Formulate working hypotheses based on their current knowledge and understanding, and the means by which these hypotheses can be tested in the field.
- Plan and execute an individual research project which will involve the application of a range of standard and specialised skills and literature based research.
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative at a professional level when setting up a field-based reseach project.
|There is a recommended reading list of research papers posted on LEARN.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The field trip guide is posted on Learn, and will be printed and handed out to you before you travel.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Field Trip is in October.
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.
|Course organiser||Dr Eliza Calder
Tel: (0131 6)50 4910
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430