GEOL30390 Geoscience Research Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an opportunity to undertake a geoscientific research project that is open to students in Stage 3 of the BSc Geology. Students will undertake research in a laboratory or computer-based environment and will interact with one or more members of a specific research group, for example in Fault Analysis; Geochronology, Petrology & Isotope Geochemistry; Geophysics; Marine & Petroleum Geology; Palaeobiology; Palaeoclimate.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1) Demonstrate through written records a systematic and accurate approach to data collection
2) Explain orally and/or in writing the results of their research.

Indicative Module Content:

Each student will negotiate a research project, with the module co-ordinator liaising between the student and a faculty member offering the research project. Consequently the content will vary from student to student.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The student will learn by undertaking an individual research project, under the guidance of a faculty member, often with the assistance of other members of a research group. Training will be provided in the research and presentation methods necessary for the project. In Autumn 2020 the variety of research project types will be limited due to Covid restrictions and projects will be conducted largely in isolation; the types of possible projects will be reviewed in subsequent semesters. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GEOL20210 - Field Geology and Mapwork, GEOL20250 - Crystals to Sedimentary Rocks

GEOL20200 - Dynamic Earth

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Project: Assessment of written research records, presentation and report. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



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?

Students will receive individual oral feedback on their research while it is in progress, with attention to appropriateness of methods, data quality and recording accuracy. They will also receive oral feedback in the form of one-to-one discussion on how to prepare the presentation and report required for their specific project.