Completion of an independent field project.
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. This paper is a prerequisite for the BSc(Hons) course in the Department of Geology.
|Paper title||Independent Field Studies|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
- Pre or Corequisite
- GEOL 344
- GEOL 321
- Schedule C
- 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.
Background requirements: Basic mapping, hand-specimen identification, and petrographic skills.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
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- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- 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
Assessment is 100% internal. There is no final exam. The final research project and associated work are assessed.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Some formal meetings will be scheduled around Health and Safety and other logistics. Students conduct their own independent fieldwork.
- Strongly recommended:
- Edbrooke, S.W.; Heron, D.W.; Forsyth, P.J.; Jongens, R. (compilers) 2015 Geological map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science geological map 2 2 maps (also available as a free web map service at http://data.gns.cri.nz/geology/)
- 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.
- Course outline
302 Handbook 2019 (latest handbook indicative of content next time the paper is taught)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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- 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.