ACE2052 : Geological Resources

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Cooke
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to link the importance of geological resources in the modern environment with the consequences of the exploitation of the resources and the subsequent remediation of the sites.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will explain;
1. Influence of geology on global economy
2. Formation, extraction and the associated environmental impact of coal
3. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of oil and gas
4. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of metallic minerals
5. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of non-metallic minerals.
6. Formation, chemical composition, extraction and the associated environmental impact of groundwater
6. The practical classes will investigate the identification of metallic and non-metallic minerals and hand samples, and the use of geological maps to identify and charaterise geological resources and problems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:3012:30exam revision and exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation and writing for essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Visit to mining site
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity118:0018:00writing up lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:3023:30reading around the subject to gain a broader understanding
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to provide factual information and a guide to the syllabus and reading. This is reinforced by the use of case studies and problem solving in practical classes. Practical classes are the primary opportunity to practise skills needed for the use of understanding mineral deposits and the identification of metallic and non-metallic minerals as hand samples, and the use to geological maps to interpret landscape and geological history reinforcing material delivered in lectures through direct personal observation, and developing 3-dimensional thought. The field trip is used to practically demonstrate the history, operation and impact of mineral mining on the environment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25Essay on topic relating to field trip (1000 words)
Practical/lab report1M10Minerals practical
Practical/lab report1M15Mapping Practical
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical exercises test (a) the ability to recognise minerals using hand specimens and (b) the ability to glean information from geological maps.
Course work essay tests the ability to use information from different sources, including maps and the web, and to apply this knowledge to gain a wider understanding of the impact of mineral mining on both a local and global scale both environmentally and economically. The examination tests knowledge and understanding of core material.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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