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CEG3608 : Geological Mapping Fieldtrip

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim is to give students experience in field mapping of geological formations and structures. This module is a key aspect of the degree and will provide students with the key field skills needed their future careers. They will also learn to work successfully as a team.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will spend 7 days producing a geological map of a 5-8km2 area. The students will work in groups of 3 and map the outcrops in the area. They will identify all the rock types observed, map their location, relationship to other rock formations and identify and map the presence of geological structures. The module links to the 1st year field course in Borrowdale and 2nd year basin analysis fieldtrip 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 completion115:0015:00Formative assessment on virtual outcrop
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Assessment prep for VR platform
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Online via Canvas - Introduction to VR platform and assignment of case studies
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Assessment prep for group presentation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Module introduction and recap. Familiarise yourself with the topics, and recommended reading list
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Assessment prep for post field oral assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Intro to residential field trip
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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M75Geological map (1:1000) with legend. Cross-section in agreed location. Stratigraphic column. Fieldnote book. pages)
Oral Examination1M25Oral assessment (individual) of field note book (20 min) at the end of fieldtrip
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

By using a combination of in field and post field assessments 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 geological map is the synthesis of the data collection and will enable the students to demonstrate their recording and interpretation of the geology of the area. The cross section will demonstrate the student’s ability to interpret the data in 3 dimensions.

Reading Lists