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ES2003   Dynamic Earth: Earth Surface Processes

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lecture: 10.00 am - 11.00 am Tue, Thu and 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm Mon. Practical 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm Mon

This module focuses on the low temperature processes that occur in the outer envelopes of the Earth, including land-atmosphere interactions, glacial processes, tectonic geomorphology, geomicrobiology and oceanography. Relationships between physical, chemical and biological processes occurring along Earth's surface, and their impact on climate, will be explored using case studies. A key component of this course will be fieldwork to sites of environmental interest developing field skills in water/sediment sampling and analysis, and unravelling contaminant flow-patterns.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 3-hour laboratory per week; 12 hours of tutorials and 16 hours fieldwork over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 94

Guided independent study hours: 206

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

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