BSc Geography and Geology
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Geology Field Course
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
A week’s field course in Devon, which applies the concepts and skills attained in courses EART 10111, 10122, 10131, 10211 and 10232, and provides a basis for future field and coursework.
For many students, this is the first opportunity to spend a week concentrating on geology. It is also for many the first experience of sharing self-catering accommodation. Staff share the same accommodation and provide support throughout the week.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Planet Earth: Its Climate, History and Processes||EART10111||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Palaeontology and Sedimentary Rocks||EART10141||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
General training in field geology, encountering rock types from Palaeozoic to Tertiary age and with instruction in structural and mapping techniques
On successful completion of the course, students will be familiar with:
• a number of rock types and examples of their field relationships;
• structural features (bedding-cleavage relationships, way-up criteria);
• palaeontological features and their significance;
• extractive procedures for clays and aggregates, and how these are influenced by geological factors
and will be trained in:
• observation of rock characteristics
• record keeping and maintenance of a field note book
• use of compass clinometer and GPS
• introduction to mapping on topographic (Ordnance Survey) field slips
• introduction to section logging and recording
and will have developed their skills in:
• time management in the solution of tasks
• integration of information from separate sources
• lateral thinking
• analysis and synthesis of field data
• problem solving with incomplete data
• Coastal locations near Torcross; use of a compass clinometer
• Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton; graphic logging of sedimentary rocks
• Dartmoor granite and a ball clay quarry
• China clay and the granite-country rock contact
• Devonian limestones; graphic logging
• Mapping of geology along coast near Torquay.
Assessment is based upon the following: individual participation (10%), Notebook (40%),Clastic Log (10%), Limestone Log (10%)and Field Map (30%).
On all field courses, you are encouraged to obtain feedback on your progress in the field by showing your work to staff and discussing your interpretations. Individual and group feedback is provided each day of the course. One-to-one feedback is provided on notebooks after the second day. After the course, detailed feedback is given on notebooks, logs and map assessments.
Tucker (2003) Sedimentary Rocks in the Field. John Wiley and Sons
Stow (2005) Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Colour Guide. Manson Publishing/Academic Press.
McClay (2005) The Mapping of Geological Structures. John Wiley and Sons.
The above three will be useful for later courses.
British Regional Geology: South-West England (HMSO)
Durrance and Laming. (1982) The Geology of Devon. Exeter University Press.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||60|
|Independent study hours|
|Raymond Burgess||Unit coordinator|