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GEOL302 Independent Field Studies

Notices

Purpose

This paper allows students to develop their ability to work independently on a field-based project. A range of geological skills are advanced, depending on the chosen project; these may be stratigraphy, mapping, facies analysis, petrography, structural analysis, geochemical or geophysical techniques. All students gain experience in library research and the report resulting from the independent project develops abilities in written communication and geological interpretation.

Content

Students choose a field-focused geological investigation in consultation with a staff member who has agreed to supervise them. The supervisor helps design the project, suggests appropriate background readings and methodologies, is available for consultation on field and laboratory work, and offers guidance on a first draft of the written report.

Background requirements

Basic mapping, hand-specimen identification, and petrographic skills.

Teaching staff

All staff as supervisors.

Textbooks

  • We recommend strongly that you buy the Geological Map of the South Island 1:1,000,000. This is sold by Luke Easterbrook, Department of Geology.

  • We recommend strongly that you buy:
    Coe, A. (ed.); 2010. Geological Field Techniques.  Wiley-Blackwell

  • The following books are also useful:
    • Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks. Wiley.
    • Jerram, D. & Petford, N. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks. Wiley.
    • Lisle, R., Brabham, P & Barnes, J. Basic Geological Mapping. Wiley.
    • McClay, K.  Mapping of Geological Structures, Wiley.
    • Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide. Wiley.

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Details

Completion of an independent field project.

Paper title Independent Field Studies
Paper code GEOL302
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
Pre or Corequisite
GEOL 344
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Recommended for students with average grade of B- or better in GEOL 251 and GEOL 252, or in GEOL 252 and some other GEOL paper at the discretion of the Head of Department.
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
All staff are involved in GEOL 302.
Textbooks
Coe, A. (ed.); 2010. Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell
Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks. Wiley.
Jerram, D. & Petford, N. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks. Wiley.
Lisle, R., Brabham, P & Barnes, J. Basic Geological Mapping. Wiley.
McClay, K. Mapping of Geological Structures, Wiley.
Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide. Wiley.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper is intended to develop a range of geological skills, including some of stratigraphy, mapping,structural geometry, facies analysis, petrography and library research. The report resulting from the independent project develops abilities in written communication and geological interpretation.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9