ESC-30039 - Independent Fieldwork Project - ISP
Coordinator: Stuart M Clarke Room: WSF16 Tel: +44 1782 7 33171
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Not applicable.

Description for 2022/23

This year 3 compulsory module involves independent fieldwork and provides students with the opportunity to bring together many of the disciplines of geology they have experienced to date in order to produce a geological interpretation of an area of the UK or abroad.

To provide a detailed understanding of field geology/geophysics.To determine geological features and processes in a field context.To demonstrate ability to take effective notes in the field and complete geological maps or geophysical interpretations. To develop skills in authoring in the form of a research dissertation.To demonstrate the use of geographical information systems and remote sensing techniques in visualising and analysing geoscience data.To develop students' communication, time-management and self-management skills.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

apply knowledge and understanding of advanced geological mapping / geophysical surveying using techniques that
are at the forefront of the discipline. will be achieved by assessments: 1
use intellectual and critical assessment skills to:
1) critically analyse geoscience information.
2) synthesize and evaluate information and data from a variety of sources to establish and discern connections.
3) demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought. will be achieved by assessments: 1
use practical skills in making effective field notes, making a geological map and/or constructing geophysical interpretations, identifying rocks, minerals, fossils and geological structures, interpreting an environment of deposition, and synthesising a geological history from field relationships. will be achieved by assessments: 1
communicate effectively in writing, cartography and map preparation, using computing and information technology (e.g. GIS &drawing/presentation packages). will be achieved by assessments: 1
manage resources and time to work to a deadline, will be achieved by assessments: 1
work independently showing critical enquiry. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

12 hours lectures and workshops, 16 hours guided fieldwork, 122 hours of independent fieldwork and dissertation write-up.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Completed dissertation on the geology of an area.
Dissertation and geological map detailing the geological investigations and evolution of the student's chosen area of study. Students normally map areas in Cantabria, Spain, or Carrock Fell, England as part of organised field camps, but they can map an area of their choosing. Dissertation length: 4000-5000 words.