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AR20390: Surveying and geology field course

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OT 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (OT 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To learn how to apply modern surveying techniques appropriate to a larger scale and rougher terrain than can be found on the university campus, and to gain experience in geological field observations.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the student should be able to:
* appreciate the requirements for carrying out geological and surveying observations in the field;
* carry out a limited range of geological field observations;
* understand the use of methods for surveying in rough terrain;
* appreciate the scale of some geological structures;
* be able to describe some geological structures and materials.

Group working, working outdoors, use of advanced surveying instrumentation, sketching, geological observation.

* Techniques for reconnaissance surveys.
* Use of total stations and GPS.
* Study of coastal and fluvial systems.
* Study of patterns of discontinuities and description of materials in outcrops.
Takes place before the start of Semester 1.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20390 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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