Global Opportunities

CEG3604 : Geological Field Course (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to unravel the evolving basin architecture and the role of climate and/or sea-level change in controlling the sedimentary facies distribution.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will spend 7 days investigating the geology of the Sorbas Basin, Spain, During this the student will extract information from rock, sediments and landforms in the field. The main geological emphasis will be on sedimentary basin development and associated sedimentary and tectonic phenomena. The field course will be based at the Hospederia del Desierto, Tabernas, Spain. The module links to the 1st year field course in Borrowdale and the 2nd year field course on Arran where similar skills on the process of extracting information from rocks were developed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Briefing lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:3010:30Evening lectures and workshops
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Production of geological report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork77:0049:00Field work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1109:30109:30Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a field based module with the students learning key skills in the field.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M15Daily group presentation during field trip (1 group per day)
Case study1M85Post field individual oral assessment of field note book and mapping exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MDetailed sedimentary log written and submitted during fieldtrip
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

By using a combination of in field and post field assessment the students will be learning essential field skills and link their field observations to interpret the observed geological formations and describe the geological history of the region. The feedback on the formative assessment will be provided during the fieldtrip to aid students in improving their assessed work.

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