Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module explores the principles and applications of micropalaeontology. It provides the student with extended knowledge and critical awareness of evolutionary processes, biostratigraphic principles, systematic palaeontological/taxonomical methods and detailed knowledge in the application of mircopalaeontological methods for environmental reconstructions, evolutionary research and the hydrocarbon industry.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-30025/lists
The aim of the micropalaeontology module is to provide level 6 students with the key theoretical and practical issues of micropalaeontolgy and furthermore to introduce them to modern analytical facilities and methods (e.g. Electron Microscopy, EDS).
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe in detail micropalaeontological processes: 1,2describe and apply the principles of evolutionary palaeobiology, biostratigraphy, palaeoenvironmental analysis, applied micropalaeontology, hydrocarbon maturity analysis, facies interpretation and productivity interpretation: 1,2describe and apply state-of-the-art micropalaeontological theories and modern analytical methods, which are at the forefront of the subject, including SEM and EDS techniques: 1,2
12 x1 hours lectures, 12 x 3 hours practicals, 30 hours of practical work completion outside practical classes, 22 hours independent report and essay writing and 50 hours of independent study.
1: Report weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Practical based reports4 reports (500 words each) with focus on the anatomy/structure and palaeobiology of microfossil groups discussed during the practicals.2: Essay weighted 50%
Micropalaeontological EssayOne 2000 word essay on a microfossil group discussed during the lectures and practicals with focus on its palaeoenvironmental, palaeoecological and stratigraphic distribution.