Geological Hazards: Field Skills and Problem Solving EARTH4082
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course will develop generic skills such as problem solving and team-working, with reference to applied geological and environmental hazards. The course requires participation in a residential international field course, which will act as a case study to provide skills in addressing geoscience problems.
Four classes per week for 1 weeks (2 hr lecture and 1 hr lab per class). 8-day residential overseas field class.
Requirements of Entry
Normally completion of Level 3 Earth Science courses at a mean of D3.
EARTH4013 - Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry
EARTH4069 - Geo-Problem Solving
Portfolio of individual field-based activities 50%. Report based on group work but with peer review elements and individual assessment 50%;
Main Assessment In: April/May
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses$reassessOppTxt
This course aims to develop problem solving and team building skills in the geosciences, and to encourage the acquisition of subject-specific and generic skills relating to the systematic assembly, critical analysis, interpretation, discussion and presentation of factual information and data. A residential field class aims to develop the students' understanding of geological and environmental hazards and provides an integrated case study which will inform the subsequent project work.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Describe and interpret volcanic rocks and propose eruption histories and modes of deposition or emplacement.
■ Distinguish a variety of volcanic and volcano-associated hazards, and explain how hazards are monitored at active volcanoes.
■ Evaluate the role of volcanic emissions on local air and water quality.
■ Appraise soil and rock failure by calculating erosion rates and evaluating rock mass strength.
■ Organise effective teamwork to solve particular problems or tasks by: i) identifying activities, information and resources necessary to solve problems; ii) designing a strategy and timetable that will achieve the required outcome, including assignment of key roles and competencies; iii) adjust objectives, tasks, plans and resources depending on circumstances; and iv) work effectively as a group member.
■ Contribute to the preparation of a single team report evaluating a geological hazards problem in the earth sciences.
■ Critically assess peer contributions to the groupwork
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.