Geology from Scratch
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Geology is all around us and even a little knowledge of the subject can bring an extra dimension to our appreciation and understanding of the landscape in which we live. This course will introduce the basics of geology, its materials and processes, with an emphasis on the geology of south Wales, and will include a day looking at rocks in the field.
The aim is to introduce students to the skills and knowledge required to understand the shape of the land around them, the materials of which it is made, and the processes by which it was formed.
Please note that you will need to make your own travel arrangements for the field trips.
Topics to be covered:
- The building blocks of the Earth: introduction to course content and scope; books, maps and materials; introducing minerals and rocks
- Drifting continents: volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics
- Bent and broken rocks: folds and faults
- All the time in the world: introducing geological time: relative time and absolute time; the geological timescale
- Life in the rocks: introducing fossils; what are they, how do they form and what can they tell us?
- Shaping the land: the Earth’s surface processes; weathering and erosion by wind, water and ice
- Rocks on the ground; the geology of the British Isles, and south Wales in particular
- Rocks in the field: a day looking at rocks exposed along the shore at Penarth.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who has, or wishes to develop, an interest in geology and the outdoors.
Learning and Teaching
Lectures, including the use of rocks samples where available and other visual and hands-on media. Practical work in the field.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Assessment will take the form of set in-class and field exercises based on course work, plus a summary report on the geology of the Glamorgan coast.
To be provided by tutor at start of course.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
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