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Unit information: Geology Field Skills in 2020/21

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Unit name Geology Field Skills
Unit code EASC20017
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Tim Elliott
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Two weeks of field classes and consolidation which examine the local geology of the Bristol region to cement principles learned over the year.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the field class you will be able to:
• Recognize and interpret a range of rock types in the field
• Identify deformational structures in the field, confidently record data on their orientation, plot and interpret these using stereonets.
• Identify and interpret a range of sedimentary structures and environmental settings including fluvial and marine.
• Understand strategies for the collection and identification of fossils, and their application in biostratigraphy, mapping and structural interpretation, and reconstruction of environments.
• Identify, interpret and record a range of igneous features, particularly those associated with volcaniclastic deposits
• Synthesise information on a range of scales in the field to develop models of geological history, particularly through the use of schematic cross-sections

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a series of synchronous preparatory sessions in Bristol and through synchronous fieldwork and workshops. 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

Coursework 100%.

The unit mark will be derived from 5 short exercises that work-up observations made during the day in the field. These will comprise, documentation, geological interpretations and environmental reconstructions of the varied geological settings visited during the different days (metamorphic basement, structural features, palaeontological response to changing environmental conditions, volcaniclastic incursion, sedimentary log).
Four of the exercises will be handed in after a day of consolidation work after the fieldwork.
One exercise will be handed in direct from the field.
Each of the five components carry equal weighting.

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