GEOL30320 Geological Fieldwork (Stage 3)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module comprises an 8-day residential field-course in field techniques and observational field geology focused on sedimentary basins in either the west of Ireland or southwest England. Outcrops will be examined systematically to build up the story of basin development and inversion, including sedimentological, structural and geofluids aspects at different spatial and temporal scales. Sub-surface data, including reflection seismic and 3D geomodels will be examined, and interpretations will be discussed at key localities.

This advanced field module is designed to bring together many elements of the UCD undergraduate Geology course. Participants will already have undertaken significant fieldwork and will be familiar with analysis of sedimentary rocks and basins, geological mapping, and analysis of geological structures. Evening workshops will focus on analysis of field data and discussion and presentation of field observations.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Analyse sedimentary characteristics to infer depositional environments and paleogeographical settings.
2. Analyse fault zone and fault system structure and kinematic indicators to infer structural evolution.
3. Synthesise field observations within large-scale geological basin development.
4. Consolidate a range of geological field-skills (logging, mapping, structural analysis).
5. Integration of outcrop and subsurface observations.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Material is examined in the field using a combination of group and individual activities, including mapping and sedimentary logging, analysis of geological structures and basic geological observations, measurement and reporting. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GEOL30040 - Sedimentary Environments, GEOL30380 - Geomaterials and Geoenergy

Additional Information:
Co-requisite: one of the modules listed.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Fieldwork: participation, notebooks, logs, maps, seminar, field report Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Progress and technical issues are discussed regularly with the students regularly on the rocks. If necessary or if requested, feedback on performance is also given. Evening sessions are for consolidating work and usually involve feedback on progress on both a group and individual basis for work carried out that day (e.g. maps, logs). A post field-trip viva is also used for providing feedback on acquired field-skills.

Name Role
Dr Lawrence Amy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer