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Earth Science and The Environment 2A - Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics EARTH2010

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to engage students with how geological processes govern the formation and localisation of Earth resources, their extraction, and sustainable use in the future. 

Timetable

4 x 1 hour lectures per week, 2 x 2 hour labs per week.  Local 1 day field class. Self-guided tutorials.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Earth Science 1A and Earth Science 1B both at grade D3 or better.

Excluded Courses

EARTH2001 - Solid Earth

EARTH2003 - Sediments and Stratigraphy

Assessment

50% - Written theory exam

20% - Integrated field portfolio

30% - Integrated practical skills assessment 

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to engage students with how geological processes govern the formation and localisation of Earth resources, their extraction, and sustainable use in the future. This will be achieved through the delivery of core concepts and skills in mineralogy, petrology, geochemical, computational and field data collection methods and analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

■ Explain key concepts and processes in sedimentary and igneous petrology.

■ Describe, identify and interpret rocks and rock-forming minerals in hand specimen, thin section and in the field.

■ Explain fluid flow and storage in the subsurface.

■ Explain how pollutants enter and effect waterways.

■ Analyse spatial and quantitative data using a variety of computational methods.

■ Explain resource formation, economic potential and their sustainable extraction.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.