AD1084: Introduction to Earth Science

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 60hr(s) Directed Study (directed learning with online programme materials and video lectures); 24hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussions); 1 x 9hr(s) Fieldwork (field trip); 65hr(s) Other (self-directed reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To provide an introduction to earth sciences, evolution of the Earth, its systems and geology related human impacts.
Module Content: Earth system, Geology (rock types, minerals), Earth history, structural geology, geomorphology, hydrogeology and geohazards. Practical work - recognistion of rock samples, chemical cycles. Field trip - geological survey of a region. Human and social impacts from geohazards.
Teaching links to SDGs 1, 7, 11, 12 and 13.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • List and characterise the various subdivisions of Earth's structure.
  • Comprehend the concept of Plate Tectonics.
  • Recognise samples of basic rock types and minerals.
  • Examine the cause, effect and mitigation of geohazards for human populations.
  • Explain the concepts of geochemical cycling of elements.
  • Describe the process of groundwater recharge, storage and flow.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1,000 word essay, 60 marks; 1 x 1.5 hour practical, 60 marks; 1 x 1,500 word field report, 60 marks; Online Participation Activities, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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