BSc Geography and Geology
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Geography / Geology Field Course
|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|
|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.
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
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.
Craig, G.Y. 1991 Geology of Scotland. Scottish Academic Press
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||60|
|Independent study hours|
|John Nudds||Unit coordinator|