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ES1001   Planet Earth

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm Mon - Fri. Practicals: Thursday 2-4 or Thursday 4-6 or Friday 2-4

This module provides a foundation into the study of Earth and environmental sciences. The key elements of the planet will be introduced. The bulk structure of the solid Earth (and the other planets of our solar system), and the dynamic hydrosphere and atmosphere will be covered from planetary to atomistic scales. Practical and transferable skills will be developed in tutorials and laboratory exercises which include the identification of minerals and rocks both in hand specimen and using microscopes. Fieldwork will be introduced as two half-day excursions. University-level study skills associated with this module include working in groups, poster and written presentations, advanced use of the University's internet and library facilities for data acquisition, and critically assessing scientific data and reports.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 lectures, tutorials and skills sessions, and 1 x 2-hour practical (x 11 weeks); 7-hours fieldwork in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 77

Guided independent study hours: 123

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, 2-hour Practical Examination = 30%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 30%
Coursework: 20%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%, No Re-assessment if Coursework mark is less than 4


Module teaching staff: Earth and Environmental Sciences staff