GEOL240-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Field Studies A - Mapping

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023

Description

Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Students enrolling in GEOL240 will complete laboratory classes and prepare a geologic map, cross-section, and written report for the Island Hills area of North Canterbury based on field data collected on a fieldtrip held during semester break.

Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Students enrolling in GEOL240 will prepare a geologic map, cross-section, and written report for the Glens of Tekoa area of North Canterbury based on field data collected during a 6-day fieldtrip held during semester break (April). A single day fieldtrip held over a weekend in the first term will introduce the fundamental field skills needed for the fieldtrip, while labs over both terms will introduce students to geological map reading and interpretation skills.  

Specific field trip dates will vary from year-to-year pending enrolments and the UC Calendar.  Assessment in GEOL240 is based on lab and initial fieldtrip participation (10%), two geological mapping exercises (60%) and a laboratory examination (30%).

Learning Outcomes

  • Goal of the Course
    The primary goal of GEOL240 is to provide students with training in basic geological mapping and map reading techniques and procedures.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students successfully completing this course will:
  •             Understand, appreciate and enact the best practice, tikanga, kaitiaki and whakawhanaungatanga expectations of residential field courses.
  • Be able to observe, record and interpret a variety of geological phenomena in the field.
  • Be able to systematically record outcrop data, measure basic structural and stratigraphic information.
  • Be competent to carry out independent mapping and/or field data recording in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary terrain.
  • Be able to use aerial photography and contour maps as an aid to field mapping.
  • Be able to interpret history and extract geological information from geological maps.
  • Have gained experience orienteering using a map and compass.

    Summary of the Course Content
    The topics coved by this course are:
  • Rock and Mineral Identification
  • Orienteering in the Field
  • Strike & Dip Measurement
  • Geological Map Reading
  • Geological Map Preparation
  • Geological Cross-Section Preparation
  • Interpretation of Geological Field Data
  • Interpretation of Geological Maps
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Prerequisites

GEOL111 and any 15 points at 100 level from GEOL.

Co-requisites

15 points from any of GEOL242-246 offered in the same semester

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 20 Mar - 26 Mar
02 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 20 Mar - 26 Mar
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 North Canterbury
27 Mar - 2 Apr
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 North Canterbury
10 Apr - 16 Apr
03 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 North Canterbury
17 Apr - 23 Apr
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:30 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
27 Feb - 2 Apr
8 May - 14 May
22 May - 28 May
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:30 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
27 Feb - 2 Apr
8 May - 14 May
22 May - 28 May

Timetable Note

No lectures
1 x 2.5 hr labs for 7 weeks (including lab exam)
1 x 8 hr weekend field trip to Victoria Park, Port Hills. Dates Saturday 2nd April or Sunday 3rd April 2022
1 x 6 day overnight field trip to North Canterbury. Dates 9-14 April, 21-26 April, or 26 April-1 May 2022.

Course Coordinator

Kate Pedley

Lecturers

Travis Horton and Jamie Shulmeister

Course coordinator: Kate Pedley
Fieldtrip logistics: Sacha Baldwin

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Laboratory assessment 5% Lab exercise completion (Weeks 2 - 6)
Field Trip 1 Participation 5% Filed Trip 1 Participateion (Week 6)
Field Trip 2 - Initial mapping exercise 10% April break (on field trip)
Field Trip 2 - Final mapping exercise 50% April break (on field trip)
Laboratory examination 30% Laboratory examination (Week 10)


Assessment name  -  Weighting  -  Due date (if known)
Lab exercise completion  -  5%  -  Various
Initial Fieldtrip Participation  -  5%  -  28 or 29 March
Initial Mapping Exercise  -  10%  -  2nd day of 6 day fieldtrip
Final Mapping Exercise  -  50%  -  Last day of 6 day fieldtrip
Final Lab Examination  -   30%  -  Week 21

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Barnes, J. W.1921- , Lisle, Richard J; Basic geological mapping /John W. Barnes, with Richard J. Lisle ; 4th ed; Wiley, 2004.

Coates, Glen. , Cox, Geoffrey J; The rise and fall of the Southern Alps ; Canterbury University Press, 2002.

Compton, Robert R; Geology in the field ; Wiley, 1985 (ISBN: 9780471829027).

Maltman, Alex,1944-; Geological maps :an introduction ; 2nd ed; John Wiley, 1998.

Course links

Library portal

Notes

Prerequisites:
(1) GEOL111, and (2) GEOL113 or GEOL115 (GEOL115 preferred)

Restrictions:
GEOL230

Co-requisites:
15 points from any of GEOL242-246 offered in the same semester.

Recommended preparation:
GEOL111 and GEOL115

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $988.00

International fee $4,787.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Fees Note

Course Fees
Field Trip - A field trip fee (to be advised) is charged at enrolment and covers the cost of transport and accommodation. Catering (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) will be available at a cost (to be advised) whilst in the field over the semester break.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 30 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

All GEOL240 Occurrences

  • GEOL240-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023