The module covers both development of relevant techniques, methodology and other key skills for
geophysical data analysis, and two field courses.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Accurately locate yourself in the field, and make and record essential field observations and measurements, including recognition of major sedimentary and volcanic rock types and geological structures and relationships between geology and landscape.
- Use a range of relevant skills to identify and interpret sedimentary structures, and the evolving relationships between sediment and basement rocks.
- Use GMT software to analyse and present 1D and 2D data.
- Make a simple geological map and construct a geological cross-section.
- Communicate effectively by writing reports with appropriate structure and referencing, and by making oral presentations.
Two field courses will further develop your Geological field skills. You will conduct a short independent mapping exercise during the summer between years 1 and 2, and produce a report on the geology of the area in which you have mapped. You will then have advanced training later in year 2 in field observations of both sedimentary and basement rocks, again followed by a short independent mapping exercise.
Your computing and geophysical data analysis skills will be developed during a series of computer practicals during the academic year, supported by tutorials that provide feedback on the practical sessions as well as helping to develop writing and presentation skills. The computer classes will include an extended exercise during which you will have to analyse and produce an integrated interpretation of multiple large geophysical datasets.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures/tutorials: To introduce the basics of data handling and analysis using the GMT software. To develop
skills in reading and assimilating scientific papers. To provide feedback and review sessions on the
Computer Practicals: To give experience in using GMT on Linux computers, and lead to extended exercises in applied geophysical data analysis and reporting.
Fieldwork: field course, between years 1 and 2, usually in Ingleton, which will develop the student's observation and
mapping skills, necessary to complete a comprehensive geological map, and to produce a report on the
geology of the area.
Fieldwork: 13-day field course, usually around Easter of year 2 to include examination of sedimentary basin fill, basement rocks and mineralisation, and independent mapping. Quizzes are conducted during the week and in the field to consolidate material covered by staff and demonstrators. A study-guide handout provides background information about the field area.
Attendance at Careers and Employability Service sessions as advised.
|Total study time||300|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal