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ES2003   Dynamic Earth: Earth Surface Processes

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

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, 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 a field trip to Yorkshire to explore sites of environmental interest. You will develop field skills in water/sediment sampling and analysis.

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 2-hour laboratory per week; 9 hours of tutorials and 40 hours fieldwork over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 99

Guided independent study hours: 201

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 coordinator: Prof R J S Wilson
Module teaching staff: Earth and Environmental Sciences staff