What you will study
The module will give you fundamental knowledge about how the Earth works, and demonstrate the extent to which Earth science is a part of everyday life.
The online material in this module is particularly exciting and innovative as you use a virtual microscope and a digital kit (containing minerals, rocks and fossils) for interactive practical activities. It also teaches map work and field skills using a number of virtual field trips and integral 3D software. Following an introduction to the module the topics covered include: minerals, rocks - the basics, constructing geological histories from maps and landforms, fossils, sedimentary processes, sedimentary environments and their geological record, the solid earth, volcanoes and magmas, recrystallizing the earth, deforming the earth, Cyprus case studies, and current issues in earth science.
This module teaches field skills using home-based, online activities, available to all students, including virtual field trips, case studies and the chance to carry out a local, field-based or literature-based investigation.
Alternatively it offers an optional field school based at Blencathra Field Centre in Cumbria and which is run by the Field Studies Council. The four-day programme includes both outdoor exercises and follow-up laboratory work. This field school carries additional charges even if you are eligible for financial support or funding your study with a Tuition Fee Loan. You should therefore bear this in mind when considering the field school alternative.
You will learn
This module offers an exceptionally wide range of skills, many of which are transferable to other areas, as well as those you will need to progress to other modules in earth, environmental and natural sciences. It will also enable you to be much better informed about, and enhance your understanding of, the physical world around you.
This module should be of particular interest to those employed, or seeking employment, in environmental agencies, the minerals industry and heritage organisations, as well as the educational sector. The module will also develop your problem-solving abilities, observational, practical and information literacy skills in a wide range of contexts (including fieldwork and report-writing), and the use of computers for learning, analysing data and communication. All these skills are likely to be useful in the work environment, particularly for jobs requiring a precise and quantitative approach.
If you are currently registered for an honours degree in earth science related subjects you may be entitled to apply for Candidate Fellowship of the Geological Society of London.