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Module GL4401: Independent Project

  Module GL4401
Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Nicholas
Course Type: Mandatory
Assessment:

Six weeks fieldwork (60%); submitted project report and oral presentation (40%).

ECTS: 15 Credits
Prerequisites: JS Geology

Contact hours & timing:

Michaelmas Term
The project is based on six weeks of geological fieldwork undertaken prior to week 5 of Senior Sophister year.

Module Learning Aims

To reconstruct the geological history of an area based entirely upon field data, their interpretation and supporting petrography of collected samples.

Module Content

The GL4401 'Project' continues to be highlighted by external examiners and potential industry employers as a cornerstone of the moderatorship in geology.  It challenges the student to undertake a 6-week geological field survey of an area that they are initially unfamiliar with.  By using their own careful field observations and measured data, they then piece together and interpret the geological evolution of the area.  Completed geological maps, cross-sections and stratigraphic schemes for the area are then included as part of an oral presentation and a final report.  In support of the field component, the petrology of rock samples collected during fieldwork can be described during the first weeks of the Michaelmas term, accompanied by limited thin sections and/or in-house geochemical analyses.  The module is largely one of independent study, overseen by a project supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • plan and execute an independent geological field survey
  • present the scientific findings in a professional manner by means of a written report and oral presentation