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This subject is concerned withthe techniques used to analyse the geological history of the earth. General disciplines covered include field geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, physical volcanology, palaeontology, weathering/soil formation, geomorphology and hydrogeology. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of these disciplines including: rock, mineral and fossil identification in the field and under the microscope, construction of geological cross sections, development of geological histories.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will cover the basic methods used to gather large scale geological data, the major component of the subject being a field mapping exercise. The subject will provide a practical introduction to geological field mapping, air photo interpretation, and the use of remotely sensed data of various forms.
After completing this subject, students should be familiar with the basic methods of field mapping. Students should be able to determine how various rock units relate to one another in the field and be able to interpret the geological history of an area. Students should also be able to identify the common rocks and minerals that occur at the earth’s surface.
Students should acquire generic skills in creativity and imaginative thinking, problem solving in complex field and geological situations, working and communicating within a team environment, thinking critically and conceptualising complex and abstract ideas, developing skills relevant to preparing technical written reports; and developing time management skills needed to meet assessment deadlines.
Last updated: 12 May 2020