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Undergraduate Course: Geophysics International Field Course (EASC10111)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryCourse in field geophysics usually run in conjunction with partner universities in France and Germany (80%)
Presentations during week 10 of semester 2 (20%)
Course description This course includes two components, both of which are essential components of the geophysics senior honours year, but which are otherwise independent of each other.
The first component is a geophysics field course. In a normal year (2022-23 onward) the course is run in conjunction with partner universities: the Universit√© Paris-Saclay in France and Universitet M√ľnster in Germany. (Other arrangements were in place during the pandemic.) The trip is held in locations in the UK, Germany and France on a 3-year cycle. The current planned locations are as follows:
2022: Germany (Daun, in the Eifel region, Rheinland-Pfalz)
2023: France (Probably Rochechouart)
2024: England again (Almost certainly Shropshire, Coalbrookdale YHA, field site near Little Wenlock)
2025: Germany again --- site undecided
The field course is usually held in the week containing 1 October; this is either week 2 or week 3 of semester 1. In September 2022 the course will, unusually, be held in week 1 of semester 1.
The second component of the course is a presentation given during week 10 of Semester 2. The subject of the presentation is the project work which the student carried out over the course of the year.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Research Training for Geophysics (EASC09055)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Applied Hydrogeology and Near Surface Geophysics (EASC10101)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs N/A
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 58 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment details
Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Coursework divided as follows:
Field work in-field competence assessment: 40%
Geophysics field work report: 40%
Presentations: 20%

Assessment deadlines
(need this information):
Geophysics Field Work Report : Semester 1, week 4 (Wednesday) (FIXME check for clashes. Was week 7 last year, but (a) week 7 was really for the pandemic year when we had a desk-based alternative and (b) this year the trip is unusually in week 1 (one).)
Presentations: Semester 2, week 10 (Usually Wednesday as part of the day of geophysics talks.)
Feedback The students get continuous feedback during the field course: in the field on their field skills, and in the late afternoons and evenings when they are doing data processing and interpretation. Staff are always on hand, often teaching but even more often answering questions and giving feedback. Feedback on the report will be given via comments in TurnItIn. Feedback on the presentations is given by all staff present, but also by the rest of the class.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. operate pieces of equipment commonly used for near-surface geophysics.
  2. understand the value of various geophysical techniques, when each technique should and should not be used, and what it can tell you about the Earth.
  3. make decisions and interpretations where data is limited and comes from a range of sources.
  4. work in cross-disciplinary teams (international in most years) to tackle a common problem.
  5. give conference presentations to a professional standard.
Reading List
Applied Geophysics, 2nd Edition W. M. Telford, L. P. Geldart & R. E. Sheriff
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Teamwork. Presentation skills. Fieldwork skills. Report-writing skills.
Course organiserDr Hugh Pumphrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 6026
Course secretaryMr Johan De Klerk
Tel: (0131 6)50 7010
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