Field Study in the Geological Sciences
7.5 credits cr.
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The course focuses 100 % on mapping with a heavy field component that is also reflected in the grading scheme (see the schedule).
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Subjects of focus include:
- Keeping project purpose central when designing a mapping strategy
- Different approaches to mapping
- Project setup and Logistics including target generation, GIS skills, field databases, and digital mapping platforms
- Observation techniques – sketching, rock identifying, structural and other measurements
- Interpretation of mapped data
- Map compilation – drawing boundaries, interpretation, etc.
Sampling and record keeping are emphasized and graded.
Spring term 21 | We are still putting this one together so it is early days, but the focus is purely on field work so ideally it would be only 20% distans. It is the last course of the term and in warmer weather, so hopefully the situation will have changed.
All lectures will be done by Zoom.
Attendance by Zoom is compulsory except for extenuating circumstances.
Fieldwork is compulsory unless the student is ill or shows Covid-19 symptoms. All fieldwork is in relatively easy terrain. Inability to produce maps or reports due to
absence of fieldwork may be replaced by alternative projects only in extreme circumstances.
If lecture and fieldwork are scheduled on the same day, there is an hour between them for travel.
There will be several half to 1 day excursions around Stockholm (all accessible by public transport).
All field work will be done with proper social distancing outdoors and protective equipment. Due to Covid restrictions, the main field area this year will be Utö, since it is the only place with enough accommodation and interesting geology. We will be overnighting there for a week including one weekend.
Students will be offered opportunities to camp (at lower cost) or room indoors (at higher cost).
The course leaders will lead you through the stratigraphy and rock identification of different project areas and teach you how to make observations, create a geological map and write a geological report for an area. After that introduction to the area, students will map nearby areas on their own or in small groups to produce a map and report for projects 2 and 3. The instructors will be supervising each mapping group by checking in on them daily.
Course grades will be based on the individually written maps and project
reports and on sampling. See the schedule for more details. For assignments that are submitted after the given deadlines, grades will be reduced by 5%/day.
Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:
A = Excellent (100–91%)
B= Very good (90–81%)
C = Good (80–71%)
D = Satisfactory (70–61%)
E = Adequate (60–51%)
Fx = Fail, some additional work required (50–45%)
F = Fail, much additional work required (<45%)
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