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Unit information: Independent Development of Geology Skills in 2018/19

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Unit name Independent Development of Geology Skills
Unit code EASC30059
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Riker
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of all mandatory units in years 1 and 2 of the Geology degree programme curriculum



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit enables students to continue to acquire and develop practical skills with rocks samples, fossils, thin sections, geological maps, and related scientific literature and data via an open-access laboratory which students can visit at their convenience over the course of the year. Observations will be recorded systematically in laboratory books and these will be handed as part of the coursework assessment. Further assessment is via a 3-hour practical exam at the end of year.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to identify and name common rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Have insights into the geology of particular regions of outstanding geological interest via themed collections
  • Be able to reconstruct the geological history of an area from selected specimens, geologic maps, and/or related scientific literature and data
  • Be able to integrate and synthesize geological information from different sources
  • Have continued to maintain your practical lab book

Teaching details


Assessment Details

  • 3 hour practical exam (80%)
  • Coursework (20%) - Practical lab books will be assessed once per term (Autumn and Spring), with each assessment forming 10% of the coursework mark.

Students must pass the coursework as well as the exam to gain credit points. The exam itself will be designed to test different aspects of the Unit, and will typically involve a variety of rocks, thin sections and geological maps. Only the course text, Deer, Howie & Zussman's introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals, and the student's IDoGS notebook will be permitted in the exam.

Reading and References


Deer, Howie and Zussman, Introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals, (DHZ)