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Module

CEG1602 : Earth Surface Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Cooke
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ireland, Professor David Manning
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop understanding of the natural processes that shape the earth’s surface and the geological history of Great Britain.
The students will be taught the formation of rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, basic geological structures, the formation and properties of groundwater and geological mapping.

Outline Of Syllabus

Through a series of lectures, practicals and field work the students will be taught the fundamentals of geology. Specifically;
Structure and formation of the earth, Earth system processes from core to crust ( the rock cycle, weathering, soil cycles), Plate Tectonics,
Minerals and rocks (rock forming minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks),
Superficial deposits (glacial processes and deposition; fluvial processes, erosion and deposition),
Soil profile formation, Geological Structures, Representation of geological structures and materials on maps. Compass Clinometer, Hydrology and hydrogeology. Groundwater and surface water chemistry, Need for and exploitation of mineral raw materials, Geological History of Great Britain and Palaeontology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation practical worksheet
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation practical worksheet
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of group report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:303:00Unseen written examinations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion133:0033:00Writing up lecture notes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical110:0010:00Oral Presentation. Preparation and delivery of oral group presentations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork26:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Reading around the subject to gain a broader understanding
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The field classes are used in the first week of the course to introduce students to observation and description of the characteristics of rocks and soils in the field.
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 practice skills needed for the
use of the microscope and rock identification, and geological mapping, reinforcing material delivered in lectures through direct personal observation, and developing 3-dimensional thought.
The geological history of Great Britain is used as a case study to explain the history of the earth.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A35Unseen written exam
Written Examination902A35Unseen written exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Oral presentation and report. Group presentation (20 min)
Practical/lab report2M10Microscopy practical worksheet (approx. 5 pages)
Practical/lab report2M10Mapping practical worksheet (approx. 5 pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical exercises test the ability to recognise soil-forming rocks and minerals using the microscope, hand specimens and geological maps.
The case study oral presentation tests the ability to use information from different sources, including maps and the web, to solve land-related problems (such as comparison of soil profiles and land-use potential for areas of contrasting geology). The project work which compromises of a group report and presentation provides the experience of working with others and learning presentational skills.
The examinations test knowledge and understanding of core material.

Reading Lists

Timetable