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CEG3608 : Field Course

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cees van der Land
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ireland, Dr Sanem Acikalin Cartigny
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 S1 investigating several outcrops using a subject specific virtual platform. This is will prepare the students for a 5 day residential trip investigating the geology NE England. During this the student will extract information from rock, sediments and landforms remotely and in the field. The main geological emphasis will be on sedimentary basin development and associated sedimentary and tectonic phenomena. 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Assessment prep for post field oral assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Assessment prep for group presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Assessment prep for VR platform
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Intro to residential field trip
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Module introduction and recap. Familiarise yourself with the topics, and recommended reading list
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Online via Canvas - Introduction to VR platform and assignment of case studies
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Formative assessment on virtual outcrop
Guided Independent StudySkills practice102:0020:00Using the Geoscience VR platform to extract geological information from virtual outcrops
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion82:0016:00Discussion board on general approach on how to extract relevant geological info from virtual outcrop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork57:0035:00Hours reflect length of a day in the field
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Online/PiP - small group tutorials to receive practical information, discussion and feedback
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a field observation based module with the students learning key skills both in the field and remotely.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination302A55Post field individual oral assessment of field note book and notes on VR learning
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M45Geological exercise using information from VR platform and field
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MDetailed geological interpretation of outcrop visited by VR platform
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

By using a combination of remote/VR pre-field preparation and 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 before the residential field trip to guide students in their approach in the field.

Reading Lists