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Unit information: Geology Fieldwork in 2021/22

Unit name Geology Fieldwork
Unit code EASC30006
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Parkinson
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of year 2 of a Geology programme (BSc or MSci)



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


A one week field class will put into practice skills acquired throughout the course to classic geological localities


  • To develop further observational, recording and deductive skills in the field.
  • To utilise modern digital mapping, recording and analysis techniques.
  • To understand large-scale crustal structure as illustrated by the local geology.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Make mineralogical and structural observations and interpretations in metamorphic basement rocks.
  • Make detailed observations of sedimentary rocks, including accurate logs, and to interpret these data in terms of sedimentary environments, current directions, provenance etc.
  • Collect structural data from a deformed area in order to deduce its structural history from a combination of stereonet analysis and cross-section construction.
  • Make detailed observations of igneous rocks in the field and interpret their origins in terms of volcanological and igneous processes.
  • Inter-relate information determined in the field to that obtained from maps and other reference material.
  • Use modern digital technology and software to produce geological maps and record and analyse field data.
  • Synthesise information on a range of scales in the field to develop models of geological history.

Teaching details

Content will be delivered 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 relevant 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 Details

Coursework 100%

30% of the marks will be based on an assessment of field-note books

40% will be based on a series of field exercises

30% will be based on a summary geological history for the period covered on the trip with specific reference to the locations visited and observations made on the trip.

There will be evening presentations and discussion by students - these are not assessed but failure to adequately participate will result in deduction of marks.


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