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SOES3025 Independent Mapping Project

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To complete the core Earth science fieldwork programme via one week residential field course focusing on mapping skills. • To produce an informative set of field sheets of a selected area with due regard to safety considerations. • To produce an accurate record of all field data in a field notebook. • To produce a well drafted interpretative map using conventional symbols. • To produce a representative cross section across the mapped area. • To produce a report describing the geology of the mapped area. • To develop skills in project management.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Acquire a suitable database for the construction of a geological map of an area.
  • Drafting and presentation of a geological map.
  • Report writing.
  • Construct a geological map and cross section of a selected area.
  • Map effectively in an area of structural complexity.
  • Record the variety of geological data presented in such an area in a coherent and organised manner on both field sheets and in a field notebook.
  • Prepare a cartographic interpretation of the geology based upon an analysis of the field data, utilising skills in map interpretation gained during previous field and laboratory courses.
  • Arrange your time to manage a small project.
  • Write a field geological report in a structured style.
  • Geological mapping.
  • Gross section construction.


The module will develop skills in field mapping, project management, and report writing. This will be provided by a one-week mapping training class normally followed by five weeks independent field mapping making a large-scale geological map of a selected area. Presentation of results will be by an oral and written report on the geology.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Advanced Mapping Training via a residential fieldcourse: • Enhancement of field skills by means of field exercises in an area of structural complexity. • Field mapping in an area of structural complexity. • Assessment and feedback whilst in the field. • Completion of all tasks by the end of the fieldcourse. • Fieldcourse supported by postgraduate students and staff with opportunity for one-to-one interaction in field. Independent Mapping: • Field mapping in pairs for five weeks followed by preparation of an interpretative map and report. Supervisory support in selection of field area, by field visit and during the production of the map and report. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

Independent Study254
Project supervision46
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Field map 22.5%
Field notebook 22.5%
Fieldwork 10%
Interpretative map 22.5%
Report 22.5%
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