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Unit information: Independent Development of Geology Skills II in 2015/16

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Unit name Independent Development of Geology Skills II
Unit code EASC30041
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Brooker
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of years 1 and 2 of the Geology degree programme curriculum



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit enables students to continue to acquire and develop practical skills with rocks samples, fossils, thin sections and geological maps via an open-access laboratory which students can visit at their convenience over the course of the year. Observations will be recorded systematically in laboratory books and these will be handed in at end of year as part of the coursework assessment. Further assessment is via a 3-hour practical exam at the end of year.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to identify and name common rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Have insights into the geology of particular regions of outstanding geological interest via themed collections.
  • Be able to reconstruct the geological history of an area from a geological map and selected specimens.
  • Be able to integrate and synthesize geological information from different sources
  • Have continued to maintain your practical lab book

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

  • 3 hour practical exam (80%)
  • Coursework (20%) - two pieces of work worth 10% each, to be handed in at Christmas and at Easter.

Students must pass the coursework as well as the exam to gain credit points. The exam itself will be designed to test different aspects of the Unit, and will typically involve a variety of rocks, thin sections and geological maps. Only the course text, Deer, Howie & Zussman's introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals, and the student's IDoGS 1 and IDoGS 2 notebook will be permitted in the exam.

Reading and References

Deer, Howie and Zussman, Introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals, (DHZ)