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SOES1014 Key Skills for Geoscientists

Module Overview

This year 1 module introduces students to University study, and key geoscience skills and topics, mainly via small-group (tutorial) and residential field-based learning. Skills covered (depending on degree programme) include fieldwork skills such as geological mapping, production of geological cross-sections, field data interpretation and operation of geophysical instrumentation, and more generic skills such as writing and analysis skills, data manipulation or visualisation, research skills, presentational skills, and information searching, citation and management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce students to key geoscience skills (including field skills, writing and analysis skills, data manipulation or visualisation, and presentational skills) via small-group and field-based learning. To introduce students to University level study, including academic integrity, referencing and citation, and information searching and management.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively use library resources, including via literature searches, and use of electronic catalogues
  • Demonstrate competence in key field skills including keeping an effective notebook, making field observations and interpreting field data
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate in written and oral formats; and evidence team-working, time management, study, and self-management skills
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Safely and systematically collect and then present and analyse field data, in the form of a geological map, sedimentary logs and a geological cross-section produced from field data
  • Develop scientific writing skills, making use of library resources to support your writing
  • Develop oral presentation skills in small group sessions
  • By completion of a compulsory online academic integrity assessment, you will have learnt and know how to employ the SOES protocols associated with referring to the work of other authors in your own pieces of work, i.e. producing reference lists, citing/acknowledging other authors' publications in your written work.

Syllabus

This year 1 module introduces students to University study, and key geoscience skills and topics, mainly via small-group (tutorial) and residential field-based learning. Skills covered (depending on degree programme) include fieldwork skills such as geological mapping, production of geological cross-sections, field data interpretation and operation of geophysical instrumentation, and more generic skills such as writing and analysis skills, research skills, presentational skills, and information searching, citation and management Geology and Geophysics students attend a residential field course during the Easter vacation. Eight tutorials are also held over both semesters to introduce students to their degree subjects in greater depth, and develop key subject skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorial programme: will further develop generic skills such as scientific writing, information research and oral presentation. Fieldwork: will provide you with a training in geological fieldwork skills (mapping, field observations, logging sedimentary sequences, taking structural measurements) or geophysical field skills (e.g. marine surveying, training in geophysical instrumentation), depending on degree programme. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Fieldwork 60%
Tutorial Programme 40%
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