Module OSX-3012:
Marine Geology & Applications

Module Facts

Run by School of Ocean Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Margot Saher

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To provide an understanding of the most prominent techniques used to reconstruct the history of the oceans.

  2. To provide an understanding of the physical processes behind a range of ways in which humans extract energy or material resources from the oceans.

  3. To provide an understanding of a range of ways in which humans extract energy or material resources from the oceans.

4 To provide practice in communicating information on the topics mentioned above.

Course content

This module provides insight into practical applications of marine geology. This is provided through a series of guest lectures by specialists in the field, mainly delivered through remote lectures. These lectures will be preceded by a series of lectures that provide a solid knowledge base of the physical processes behind these topics. Key themes include: climate reconstruction, carbon storage in marine sediments, oil and gas exploration, marine engineering (pipelines, communication cables, etc.), renewable energy, aggregate extraction, and seabed stability. These themes incorporate a variety of disciplines: palaeoclimatology, sedimentary geology, structural geology, process sedimentology, geotechnics, and geophysics. The knowledge gained in this part of the module will then be applied by the students two ways: firstly, in a practical exercise in which they are presented with proxy data with which they perform a palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Secondly, they will pick a topic of their interest and prepare and deliver a presentations about it.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Demonstrating a basic understanding of the methods used in palaeoclimatology, and a basic ability to integrate varied datasets of marine geological and other related data into a coherent narrative. Demonstrating a basic grasp of the applications of marine geology and their base in physical processes, and basic skills communicating these to an audience of peers.

good

Demonstrating a good understanding of the methods used in palaeoclimatology, and a good ability to integrate varied datasets of marine geological and other related data into a coherent narrative. Demonstrating a good grasp of the applications of marine geology and their base in physical processes, and good skills communicating these to an audience of peers.

excellent

Demonstrating an excellent understanding of the methods used in palaeoclimatology, and an excellent ability to integrate varied datasets of marine geological and other related data into a coherent narrative. Demonstrating an excellent grasp of the applications of marine geology and their base in physical processes, and excellent skills communicating these to an audience of peers.

Learning outcomes

  1. Appreciate the problems and potentials of the major techniques used in palaeoceanography

  2. Integrate a complex of data of different kinds into reconstructions of ocean history

  3. Understand the physical processes involved in a range of ways in which humans interact with the oceans

    1. Communicate a topic within palaeoclimatology/applied marine geology clearly to an audience of peers

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Presentation 30
EXAM Exam 50
REPORT Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

Lectures, by both SOS staff and external speakers (Time: 30 min prep/revision for every lecture included)

23
Seminar

Seminars (1 full day organised as a Conference, 8 hours per day) Students pick a topic and prepare and deliver a presentation on it Preparation and delivery counted in hours

60
Individual Project

Handing the students a collection of palaeoceanographic data that they then have to process, plot and interpret, thereby performing an entire palaeo-environmental reconstruction

40
Private study 77

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Resources

Courses including this module