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Unit information: Geology Field Skills in 2021/22

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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

A one week field class which examines a wide range of rock types within the context of the local geological history.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recognise and interpret a range of rock types in the field, (including amphibolite-facies metapelites, metacarbonates and metaquartzites, silicilastic, carbonate and evaporitic sediments, dacitic and andesitic lavas and pyroclastics).
  • Identify planar and linear 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: from shallow siliciclastic and carbonate to deeper clastic, particularly turbidites.
  • 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 and silicic volcanism.
  • 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 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 a series of exercises that work-up observations made during the day in the field, including a small mapping exercise.


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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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