ENVR06041 2013 EARTH SCIENCE

General Details

Full Title
EARTH SCIENCE
Transcript Title
EARTH SCIENCE
Code
ENVR06041
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Cait Coyle
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SENER_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SENVI_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection
Description

This module allows students to describe the fundamental geological processes, which have resulted in the formation, modification and destruction of the earth's crust. Students will acquire practical skills (field and laboratory based) for the classification of common rock and mineral types, in addition to the examination of basic soil properties. Key geological data sources will be identified. The exploitation (past and present) of geological resources by human beings will be explained.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Describe the theory of plate tectonics.

2.

Explain the geological processes associated with volcanoes and earthquakes, in addition to their impact on human beings.

3.

Distinguish beween the main categories of rocks and rock forming minerals.

4.

Discuss the main processes of weathering.

5.

Examine factors responsible for soil formation.

6.

Identify key soil properties.

7.

Identify the main agents of erosion responsible for the modification of the earth's surface.

8.

Recognise the fundamental aspects of hydrogeology.

9.

Explain the importance of geological resources to human beings.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed by means of an exam at the end of the semester, class tests, a field/laboratory log book and a geological report.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

  1. The composition and dynamics of the earth.
  2. Geological processes associated with volcanoes and earthquakes.
  3. The composition and formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
  4. The major groups of rock forming minerals.
  5. Factors of soil formation.
  6. Weathering processes.
  7. Agents of erosion (water/ice/wind).
  8. Geological field trip.
  9. Write a report on a geological site investigation (field study).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Geological Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % UNKNOWN 3,5,6,8,9
2 Short Answer Questions Class Test Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9
3 Short Answer Questions Class Test Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9
4 Practical Evaluation Log Book Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % UNKNOWN 2,3,5,6,8,9

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Press, F. and Siever, R. (1986).  Earth.  W.H.Freeman, U.S.A.

Brady, N.C. (2007). The Nature and Properties of Soil. Pearson, Prentice, Hall.

Tarbuck, E.J., Lutgens, F.K. and Tasa, D. (2010). Earth Science. 13th Edition. Prentice Hall.

Rapp, G and Hill, C.L. (2006) Geoarchaeology: The Earth Science Approach to Archaeological Interpretation. Yale University Press.

 

 

 

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

None