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Unit information: Independent Field Project in 2021/22

Unit name Independent Field Project
Unit code EASC30022
Credit points 30
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Riker
Open unit status Not open

Years 1 and 2 of the Geology degree programme curriculum



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this field mapping class is for the student to develop further observational, recording and deductive skills in the field through mapping and the gathering of petrological, structural,and other geologically relevant data. In preparation for fieldwork students will prepare a draft risk assessment. Comparison with the formal risk assessment will then provide insight into what should be considered when writing a risk assessment.

Students will spend four days in intensive mapping training, followed by 24 days of independent mapping (with a partner) in an assigned project area.

Students will produce an independent project that includes the following elements:

  1. a field notebook and field geological map;
  2. a digitally-drafted fair copy map with legend;
  3. geological cross-section(s);
  4. a mapping report that integrates observations made in the field, interpretations derived from the map and cross-sections, analysis of structural and other field data and information about the region that is available in the literature;
  5. an A1 poster that will present a synopsis of the mapping project and which will be displayed in a poster session.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the field class students will be able to:

  • Identify and interpret a range of rock types in the field.
  • Record systematically and interpret the geology of an area based exclusively on field observations.
  • Produce an electronic version of a geological field map.
  • Interpret geological structures in cross-section and through the use of stereographic representations.
  • Develop time management skills.
  • Integrate diverse data into a coherent report.
  • Understand the basic principles used in preparing a risk assessment

Teaching Information

Content will be delivered through a series of synchronous preparatory sessions in Bristol then in the field prior to independent synchronous fieldwork. Students who either begin or continue their studies in an online mode may be required to complete fieldwork, or alternative activities in person, either during the academic year 2020/21 or subsequently, in order to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit, prepare them for subsequent units or to satisfy accreditation requirements.

Assessment Information

  • 80% coursework, comprised of a report detailing a field-based geological analysis and history of the mapped region (30%), accompanied by original field notebooks (15%) and field maps (15%), a fair copy A0 map (10%), and a cross section (10%).
  • 10% based on an individual questions and answer session to be held after submission and marking of the mapping materials and report
  • 10% professionalism mark, including behaviour and engagement with field-based activities


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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