GEOL40460 Advanced Geological Mapping

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module comprises an intensive 7-day course in advanced field mapping techniques, normally based in Cleggan, Co. Galway. Its principal purpose is to give students the training needed to undertake an independent geological field mapping project.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1) Plan and safely execute field data collection projects.
2) Work both independently and as part of an effective team in the field.
3) Collect high integrity field data and keep a comprehensive field notebook.
4) Make geological maps in areas of complex structure.
5) Analyse areas of complex structure.
6) Integrate field and derivative datasets.
7) Place field observations in a wider geological context.

Indicative Module Content:

Mapping is usually conduced in three field areas over one, two or three days for each area, with different geological aspects in each area. The primary deliverable from the students are a map and cross-section of each area, we well as the supporting field notebook.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module provides training in practical geological field mapping. Maps, cross-sections, and supporting notebooks are worked up in the field every data and at the field centre every evening. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have a Stage 3 Geology GPA of at least 2.48 in order to enroll to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GEOL30040 - Sedimentary Environments, GEOL30110 - Metamorphic Petrology, GEOL30240 - Igneous Petrology, GEOL30250 - Geological Mapping

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Fieldwork: Assessment of field sheets, field exercises and field notebooks Varies over 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 map independently but members of staff are circulating around the field areas and discussing progress and technical issues with the students regularly on the rocks. Evening sessions are for consolidating work and usually involve feedback on progress on both a group and individual basis. Half-way through the mapping, a more formal discussion with each student individually provides advice and feedback on the maps submitted to date.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Eoghan Holohan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer