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ES3012   Advanced Geological and Environmental Field Methods

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module combines geophysical, geological and environmental field training. It starts with lectures and practical sessions on geophysics field techniques and field-based skills training sessions, as well as advanced map interpretation sessions for classic geological regions in Scotland. The second part of the module involves a one-week residential field geology excursion to the famous Assynt region of the NW Highlands. The final part of the course is a second 4-day to 1 week field excursion to Rio Tinto in southern Spain, a world-famous environmental mining disaster.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES3001

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take ES3006 or take ES3010

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Lectures and practical sessions followed by two residential field classes.

Scheduled learning hours: 88

Guided independent study hours: 62

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100% (geophysics report = 33.3%; geological notebooks and maps = 33.3% and environmental report = 33.3%)

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr R Bates, Dr M Claire, Prof T Prave, Dr A Zerkle