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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Earth Sciences

GEOL1111: Environment and Resources

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • None.

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To understand the mode of formation, distribution and extraction of the Earth's resources and energy.
  • To understand the Earth’s water cycle in terms of both quantity and quality.

Content

  • Environmental chemistry.
  • Resources (water, ores, fossil fuels).

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To explain the generation, migration and extraction of hydrocarbon reserves.
  • Understand the formation and characteristics of the principal mineral ores.
  • Will have acquired subject knowledge and understanding in geological principles, terms, definitions and classifications.
  • Will have acquired subject knowledge and understanding in ecological, biological and geochemical processes and their role in shaping the Earth.
  • Will have acquired subject knowledge and understanding in Earth’s natural resources and the techniques used to locate and exploit them.
  • Will have acquired subject knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s water cycle.
  • Will have acquired subject knowledge and understanding in the role of the geologist in society with regard to economic development and environmental sustainability.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Will have acquired intellectual and practical skills in order to apply geological principles and methodologies to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Will have acquired intellectual and practical skills to synthesise information/data from a variety of sources.
  • Will have acquired intellectual and practical skills to analyse, evaluate/interpret geological data.
Key Skills:
  • Critical analysis
  • Research capability
  • Scholarship
  • Practical competency
  • Independent learning
  • Numeracy
  • IT skills
  • Information skills
  • Literacy
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Time management
  • Continuing personal development
  • Commercial awareness
  • Environmental awareness

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 one-hour lectures and two-hour practicals, supported by handouts and web-based background reading and other materials held on DUO.
  • The practicals form an important component of the module allowing hands-on learning and experience of tackling and solving graphical-based problems that help re-enforce key concepts introduced during lectures.
  • Summative assessment comprises poster presentation based on web-research, practical write up, and resource projects.
  • Formative assessment is provided in practical SAQ's and revision sessions

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 1 per week 1 hour 20
Practicals 20 1 per week 2 hours 40
Preparation and reading 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two hour unseen written examination 100%
Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Continual Assessment 1 33%
Continual Assessment 2 33%
Continual Assessment 3 34%

Formative Assessment:

Simple tests such as self assessment questions and DUO tests throughout the courses. Two pieces of formative work.


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



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