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Module

CEG1602 : Earth Surface Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Cooke
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ireland
  • 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials320:3016:00Online video lectures via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for written assessment S1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Video presentation preparation and delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation of mapping workbook - S2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion51:005:00Virtual online practical (delivered in 2 groups, double taught) for 2020. Week 7, 10, 12, 13, 14
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:301:30PiP practical for 2020 (rocks specimens, delivered in reduced group sizes). Teaching week 8
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00PiP - Tynemouth Field trip in S1 (4 hours)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00PiP - Cocklawburn field trip in S2 (8 hours)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00scheduled drop in sessions to review and discuss mapping coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1106:30106:30Independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00synchronous talk to introduce the coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk320:3016:00Synchronous online lecture review sessions, 2 per week
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The field classes are used to introduce students to observation and description of the characteristics of rocks and soils in the field.

Online lectures and module talks 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation101A25Recorded and submitted via Canvas
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Written report on Earth materials and processes of a given area
Practical/lab report2M50Mapping practical worksheet (approx. 5 pages)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MOral presentation and report. Group presentation (20 min)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical exercises test the ability to recognise rocks and rock and soil forming minerals using the microscope, hand specimens and geological maps.

The written report tests ability to apply fundamental principles of Earth processes and materials to real geological sites / examples. The accompanying presentation provides an opportunity to develop scientific communication skills, and to use geological data and information to convey succulent scientific findings.

The formative quizzes provide an opportunity for students to receive on-going feedback and for them to identify areas of understanding where they can target self-guided study. Geological mapping will be assessed through an online workbook that will build up the skills of the student during semester 2

Reading Lists

Timetable