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Modules Outline 2017-2018

New Geoscience degree from 2018 - see the Science webpage for entry details.

The table below lists the modules which form part of the TR071 degree structure (this degree is no longer available - See TR062 on the Science webpage) and their credit rating. To see what is involved in each click on the appropriate year in the table on the left.

Download the 2017-2018 course handbook here: (Handbook PDF 25 MB)

Download the 2017-2018 Earth Sciences Handbook here (PDF 3MB)

Junior Freshman
Course Code Module Credit rating
GL1101 Junior Freshman Geology 10
Senior Freshman
Course Code Module Credit rating
GL2205 Dynamic Earth 1: Rocks and Evolution 10
GL2206 Dynamic Earth 2: Structure and Microscopy 10
Junior Sophister
Course Code Module Credit rating
GL3324 Geological Field Skills 1 10 M
GL3325 Geological Field Skills 2 10 M
GL3326 Sedimentology 10 M
GL3328 Structural Geology 5 M
GL3334 Introduction to Geochemistry 5 M
GL3335 Stratigraphy and the Geology of Ireland 5 M
GL3336 Microscopy and crystalline rocks 10 M
GL3337 GIS and mapping techniques                                                           5 M
Senior Sophister
Course Code Module Credit rating
GL4401 Project 15 M
GL4402 Fieldwork 5 M
GL4404 Geological Literature 5 M
GL4406 Global Igneous Petrology 5 O
GL4412 Laboratory Project 5 O
GL4414 Petroleum Geology and Exploration 10 M
GL4416 Planet formation and the early Earth 5 O
GL4419 Economic Geology 5 M
GL4422 Analysis in Geological, Earth and Environmental Research 5O
GL4424    Micropalaeontology & Evolution  5O
GL4425 Applied Geophysics  5O
GL4427 Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology 5O
GL3423 Hydrology and Water Quality 5O

(M = mandatory; O = optional)



The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an academic credit system based on the estimated student workload required to achieve the objectives of a module or programme of study. It is designed to enable academic recognition for periods of study, to facilitate student mobility and credit accumulation and transfer. The ECTS is the recommended credit system for higher education in Ireland and across the European Higher Education Area.

The ECTS weighting for a module is a measure of the student input or workload required for that module, based on factors such as the number of contact hours, the number and length of written or verbally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, laboratory classes, examinations, clinical attendance, professional training placements, and so on as appropriate. There is no intrinsic relationship between the credit volume of a module and its level of difficulty.

The European norm for full-time study over one academic year is 60 credits. The Trinity academic year is 40 weeks from the start of Michaelmas Term to the end of the annual examination period 1 ECTS credit represents 20-25 hours estimated student input, so a 10-credit module will be designed to require 200-250 hours of student input including class contact time and assessments.

ECTS credits are awarded to a student only upon successful completion of the course year. Progression from one year to the next is determined by the course regulations. Students who fail a year of their course will not obtain credit for that year even if they have passed certain component courses. Exceptions to this rule are one-year and part-year visiting students, who are awarded credit for individual modules successfully completed.

For more information on ECTS see the Science Handbook (PDF 2480kb)

Last updated 22 November 2017