Geology in the Field ADED11383

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Field studies and examining rocks in the field are the basis of all geology. We will examine the geology and geomorphology of a series of areas within easy reach of Glasgow. You will be shown how to identify a range of rocks and geomorphological features within the landscape by experienced fieldworkers. There will be five full-day excursions by private car. Walking will generally be easy and no prior knowledge of geology needed.  A short preliminary meeting will be held the week before to discuss field sites and travel arrangements.


Block 3

Week 5 Wednesday preliminary classroom meeting to arrange travel logistics

Weeks 6-10 Wednesdays field visits (10.00-16.00)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to geology field methods and to investigate a range of sites demonstrating key geological features, with an emphasis on identifying rock types.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate how to scientifically observe rocks in the field

■ Write and complete appropriate field notes 

■ Identify a wide variety of rocks in a range of field localities

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits