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Undergraduate Course: Replacement 4th-year Environmental Geoscience field course (EASC09058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryA one-off 10-credit field course for 4th-year Environmental Geoscience (EG) students who were unable to complete the Jamaica field trip in 3rd year due to Covid-19 (EASC09036).

Please note that the destination will be dependent on what is possible/ permissible in terms of international travel in Spring 2022 and so this may be subject to change depending on what Covid-19 allows.

NOTE: Students would join 3rd-year EG students in Jamaica in April 2022. The 14-day trip will be extended by 2 days in order to accommodate the larger student numbers, but there will be a net saving of ~20% relative to running two separate trips.
Course description 2-week Jamaica fieldtrip at Easter break 2022 (following pre-trip software training and independent student research towards 3 literature reviews completed in AY 20/21). Field trip involves multiple field- and laboratory exercises with linked marine and terrestrial focus.

Assessment: 4 field reports, completed during the trip.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Pre- and post-trip travel, between Edinburgh and UK airport of departure/arrival.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Fieldwork Hours 67, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 1 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is based on 4 reports completed in the field, during the trip; 1. Reef survey and reef process experiments (25%); 2. Hydrographic studies (30%); 3. Marine and freshwater geochemistry studies (35%); 4. Synopsis (10%). The reports permit assessment of students┬┐ achievements in relation to all five learning outcomes.
Feedback Students will receive immediate feedback on oral progress reports presented in the field, and on final written reports after the trip.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Multiple marine and terrestrial geoscience field methods
  2. Multiple analytical techniques
  3. Data processing, compilation and quality assessment skills
  4. Independent and group study skills
  5. Data interpretation and both oral and written reporting skills
Reading List
Reading lists were provided as part of 3rd-year course EASC09036 (already completed).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Training in marine and terrestrial geoscience field methods; training in analytical techniques; independent and group study skills; data processing, quality assessment and presentation skills; oral and written reporting skills
Course organiserDr Greg Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8502
Course secretaryMs Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)51 5251
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