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Unit information: Environmental Geoscience Fieldwork in 2020/21

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Unit name Environmental Geoscience Fieldwork
Unit code EASC30029
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Wookey
Open unit status Not open

All mandatory first and second year units for BSc or MSci Environmental Geoscience


Other Level H/Year 3 Environmental Geoscience units

School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

A one-week non residential field class. The unit involves the application of geophysical methods to investigate the subsurface geology and structures associated with the tectonic and geological history of South Wales and assess the potential for a fictious building project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Be familiar and able to describe most of the main methods of geophysical exploration.
  • Be able to specify the most appropriate geophysical technique(s) to investigate a particular physical process.
  • Have developed skills in fieldwork, data processing and interpretation.
  • Record legible and useful field notes.
  • Produce a useful presentation that conveys scientific information in an effective form.
  • Work effectively in a team to meet a strict deadline.

Teaching Information

Content will be delivered through in-person fieldwork and a series of online synchronous support sessions. 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 for this field class consists of three parts:

  • Independently recorded field notes describing data acquisition, results and salient features of sites visited (30%)
  • A group presentation based upon field observations, processed results and interpretations (60%)
  • Professionalism, which includes attitude, attendance and participation (10%)

Reading and References

A range of resources will be distributed through Blackboard.


Some key references include:

  • Kearey, P., Brooks, M. & Hill, I., 2002. An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration. 3rd edition. Blackwell Scientific Publications Ltd., Oxford.
  • Howells, M. F., 2008. Wales (Regional Geology Guides), British Geological Survey, UK.