GEOL40470 Geological Fieldwork

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module comprises an intensive 8-day course in integrated field techniques and analysis of a young orogenic belt based in southeast Spain, typically run during the break in the Spring trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1) Work both independently and as part of an effective team in the field.
2) Collect high integrity field data and keep a comprehensive field notebook.
3) Analyse areas of complex structure.
4) Integrate field and derivative datasets.
5) Draw on prior geological knowledge to place field observations in a wider geological context.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Training in the field supplemented by evening seminars will be the principal methods for teaching and learning. 
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
GEOL30320 - Geological Fieldwork (Stage 3)

GEOL40190 - Igneous and Ore Geology, GEOL40290 - Basin Analysis

GEOL20140 - Negotiated Field Geology 1, GEOL40220 - Field Work (Stage 4)

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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual oral feedback in the field and in evening seminars after each day in the field, the latter supplemented by oral feedback to the whole class.

Name Role
Dr Koen Torremans Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor John Walsh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer