GEOG41000 INFOMAR marine survey data

Academic Year 2023/2024

The objective of the ship-based training programme is to provide essential offshore elements in seabed mapping and provide practical, hands-on training to postgraduate students. The training will be delivered by experienced INFOMAR personnel from the INFOMAR programme at the Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute who have extensive seagoing experience.

Training will focus on:
- Multibeam echosounder applications for bathymetry and water column properties
- Sub-bottom data acquisition and applications
- Oceanographic measurements
- GIS applications for seabed mapping
- Research Vessel Systems and navigation
- Remotely operated video (ROV) ground-truthing including equipment (video, lighting, usbl)
- Seabed sampling and types of equipment
- Survey planning (with an opportunity for students to conduct their own survey)

Please note the trip will take place 17-18 November 2022.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete these modules should be able to:
1. Identify the importance of safety on board research vessels and the different activities operating
2. Recognise the principles and techniques involved in seabed mapping and how the seabed is imaged (surface and sub-surface)
3. Identify the principles and techniques involved in marine geological sampling of seabed
4. Recognise the elements of survey design including weather planning
5. Evaluate marine geophysical datasets collected
6. Recognise the work flows involved in data processing marine geophysical data
7. Identify the environmental, commercial and ecosystem factors relating to marine surveys.
8. Demonstrate competence in designing and executing an offshore seabed mapping survey
9. Compete for employment in the expanding field of offshore mineral prospecting

Indicative Module Content:

Training will focus on:
- Multibeam echosounder applications for bathymetry and water column properties
- Sub-bottom data acquisition and applications
- Oceanographic measurements
- GIS applications for seabed mapping
- Research Vessel Systems and navigation
- Remotely operated video (ROV) ground-truthing including equipment (video, lighting, usbl)
- Seabed sampling and types of equipment
- Survey planning (with an opportunity for students to conduct their own survey)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

76

Practical

24

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Active / task-based learning
- Peer / group work 
- Lectures
- Lab work
- Problem based learning
- Case based learning
- Student presentation 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Project: Marine mapping work carried out aboard ship. Unspecified n/a Graded No

20

No
Lab Report: Report of mapping and data collection activities aboard ship. Unspecified n/a Graded No

60

No
Presentation: Presentation to class of results of mapping and data collection activities aboard ship. Unspecified n/a Graded No

20

No

Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback given to individuals on request, post-assessment.

Name Role
Janine Guinan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Xavier Monteys Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tine Ningal Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Srikumar Roy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jonathan Turner Lecturer / Co-Lecturer