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GEOL321 Special Topic: Accelerated Independent Field Studies

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.

Paper title Special Topic: Accelerated Independent Field Studies
Paper code GEOL321
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
Pre or Corequisite
GEOL 344
Restriction
GEOL 302
Schedule C
Science
Notes

Recommended for students with average grade of B- or better in GEOL 251 and 252, or in GEOL 252 and other GEOL papers, or equivalent study at the discretion of the Head of Department. Students enrolled at the University of Otago for both semesters of the 2019 academic year are advised to enrol in GEOL 302 Independent Field Studies instead of GEOL 321.

Eligibility

Background requirements: Basic mapping, hand-specimen identification, and petrographicskills.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Contact

geology@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: DrSteven Smith
All Geology staff are supervisors.

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 report. 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.

Textbooks

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
Recommended:
  • 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

First Semester

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

Second Semester

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