We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Faculty Handbook Archive

# Archive Module Description

## Department: Earth Sciences

### GEOL1061: MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN GEOSCIENCES

Type Level Credits Availability Module Cap Tied 1 20 Available in 2018/19 Durham
Tied to F600 Geology F630 Environmental Geosciences F643 Geoscience F644 Earth Sciences F662 Geophysics with Geology CFG0 Natural Sciences FGC0 Natural Sciences

#### Prerequisites

• NOT available to students who have passed Mathematics AS level at grade B or above, or who have a comparable qualification in Mathematics.

• None.

#### Excluded Combination of Modules

• NOT available to students who have passed Mathematics AS level at grade B or above, or who have a comparable qualification in Mathematics.

#### Aims

• To ensure that students on degree programmes in geosciences have an adequate background in mathematics and can apply their mathematical knowledge to the solution of problems in geosciences.

#### Content

• Manipulation and solution of algebraic equations that relate geological variables.
• Applications of trigonometry to geological problems.
• Vectors.
• Sketching graphs of simple functions.
• Differentiation and integration of elementary functions of a single variable with geological applications.
• Plotting data.
• Basic statistical concepts: sampling, variance, random and systematic errors.

#### Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
• Students should be able to tackle applications of mathematics in the geosciences involving algebra, trigonometry, basic differential and integral calculus, plotting data, sampling and estimation of errors.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:
• Solve numerical problems using computer or non-computer techniques.

#### Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

• The module is delivered through a mix of lectures and tutorials.
• The tutorials are allocated to dealing with students' difficulties in tackling the problems.
• Summative assessment is 60% based on a 2-hour written examination and 40% based on continual assessment.

#### Teaching Methods and Contact Hours

 Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours Lectures 40 2 per week 1 Hour 40 ■ Tutorials 21 Weekly 1 Hour 21 ■ Preparation and Reading 139 Total 200

#### Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Unseen written examination 2 hours 100%
Component: Continual Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Class Tests 45 minutes each 100%

#### Formative Assessment:

Weekly problem sheets. Collections not required.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University