Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module you will learn the principles of stratigraphy and gain an understanding of the palaeobiological and evolutionary development on Planet Earth. You will also learn the terminology, nomenclature and classification of the main fossil groups and how fossils can be used to date rocks and indicate their environment of formation. Field courses will introduce you to the collection and documentation of geological information in the field, including how to make a geological map, which is an important skill that you will develop throughout the course of your degree.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-10076/lists
This module provides an introduction to the principles of stratigraphy as well as the palaeobiological and evolutionary developments on Planet Earth, including the evolution of the atmosphere. It also introduces students to the identification of the principal fossil groups and how fossils can be used to date rocks and indicate their environment of formation.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain the principles of stratigraphy, and apply and evaluate the major stratigraphical methods.: 1,2,3describe the palaeobiological evolution of the Earth and the development of the atmosphere through time.: 1,2describe the history of life on Earth, and identify, classify and describe the main fossils groups that are preserved within the geological record.: 1,2,3measure and record field geological information, and make basic interpretations in the field of past geological environments based on the relationships between different rock types and the fossils they contain.: 3
22 hrs Lecture / Lecture equivalent 33 hrs Practical 24 hrs Fieldwork71 hrs private study/assignment completion
1: Class Test weighted 33%
Description of Module Assessment
Class tests based on material covered in lectures and practical classesTwo class tests, each of two-hours duration, on the stratigraphy and palaeontology components of the module consisting of short answer questions.2: Laboratory Practicals weighted 34%
Laboratory notebooksSubmission of laboratory practical notebooks containing descriptions/observations, including diagrams and sketches, of material covered during practical classes.3: Practice Based Assessment weighted 33%
Field course portfolioA portfolio of material (equivalent to a 1500-word report) associated with the field courses, including field observations, structural and stratigraphic exercises, geological mapping and field hazard/risk assessment.