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ES2001   Dynamic Earth: The Earth System

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - 11.00 am Mon - Fri; 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tue

This module reflects an up-to-date approach to understanding of the behaviour of the solid Earth and its interaction with the atmosphere and biosphere and beyond. It will provide detailed training in some of the processes acting at or near the Earth's surface (for example the dynamics of erosional processes). The evolution of the planet as a whole (including the evolution of life) from magma oceans in the early Earth to the present day will be covered in detail. Practical and theoretical training in geophysical methods for probing the near surface of the Earth will be provided.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES1001 and pass ES1002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 5 lectures and 1 x 3-hour laboratory per week, and occasional tutorials; 16 hours fieldwork

Scheduled learning hours: 96

Guided independent study hours: 204

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, 3-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