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BSc Geography and Geology
Benefit from a wide range of optional topics and practical trips on this combined degree.

BSc Geography and Geology / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Geography / Geology Field Course

Unit code EART10102
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This integrated, week long residential field course to Scotland, led by staff from both departments, will bring together the key philosophical elements of the Joint Honours Course introduced to you in Level 1. It will illustrate many of the key processes that occur on the Earth’s surface and how these are linked in both space and time. It will also develop your teamworking, communication and observational skills and allow you to observe, in the field, many of the processes that have you have been introduced to in lectures and practicals.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Planet Earth EART10111 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Earth Materials I EART10131 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To gain practical knowledge of some the natural processes occurring on the Earth’s surface and how these are influenced by the activity of human beings using the highland and coastal exposures in Scotland as a natural laboratory. To make sure you can effectively use a compass clinometer, describe sediments and rocks in the field, systematically organise your observations and appreciate the philosophy that underpins mapping techniques.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this field course you should

  • have gained specific knowledge of some aspects of the physical geography and geology of the Midland Valley of Scotland
  • be able to reflect on the spatial and temporal relationships between different depositional environments and sediment / rock types
  • have begun to develop your presentation skills
  • be able to use effectively a compass clinometer, organise notebooks in a systematic manner, be able to describe rocks and sediment types in the field, log sedimentary successions and produce a geological map
  • be able to evaluate some of the evidence for environmental change in the sedimentary record

Assessment methods

During the Fieldcourse three evening meetings are held with all students to review the day's work. In addition, each group of 4 or 5 students has a daily evening meeting with one of the lecturers to assist in preparing their field notebooks, log sheets and geological maps.

Field notebooks (50%), log sheets (20%) and geological maps (30%), completed during the Fieldcourse, are marked on return, and returned to students with written comments.

Recommended reading

Craig, G.Y. 1991 Geology of Scotland. Scottish Academic Press

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 60
Independent study hours
Independent study 40

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Nudds Unit coordinator

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