Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
ESC 20002 "Reconstructing Past Environments" demonstrates how the geomorphology of ancient sedimentary environments can be reconstructed from evidence in the rock record and from using equivalent modern environments as a template.The module aims to encourage a basic awareness of the use of sedimentological and stratigraphical methods in reconstructing environments of deposition. The objectives are to introduce the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis; introduce Walther┐s principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions; to teach techniques for the study of sedimentology and stratigraphy; and to review environments of sediment deposition and the facies and facies relationships that result in the rock record. Skills that will be acquired include sedimentary logging, description and interpretation of sedimentary rock successions, writing of a structured report, team work, problem-solving scenarios, likelihood assessment scenarios, and enhanced fieldwork skills.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20002/lists
The module aims to enhance the students┐ evidence-based knowledge and analytical skills in sedimentological and stratigraphical methods for reconstructing past sedimentary environments of deposition.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain and apply the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis to the analysis and interpretation of sedimentary successions.: 1,2,3,explain and apply Walther's principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions, and the link between sedimentology and stratigraphy.: 1,2,3,review and interpret the facies and facies relationships that result in the rock record for different common environments of sediment deposition.: 1,2,3,appreciate the basin-controls on sedimentary environment, facies and preserved succession.: 1,2,3,explain and apply appropriately various standard data collection and synthesis / analysis techniques for the interpretation of sedimentary successions, including modern digital methods.: 1,2,3,explain and apply the main concepts, models and processes that are key to the study of clastic and carbonate sedimentology.: 1,2,3,produce standard scientific reports to communicate data analysis and interpretation.: 1,
24 hours lectures, 32 hours practical classes, 2 hours exam, 8 hours fieldwork, 42 hours completion of practical exercises, 42 hours private study
1: Report weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
FIELDWORK REPORTScientific report based upon primary fieldwork investigations. Approximately 1500 words.2: Unseen Exam weighted 50%
UNSEEN EXAM - 2 HOURSWritten examination based upon module content3: Laboratory Book weighted 20%
Assessment of lab workAssessment of practical exercises from labs