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GEOL0007 The Earth

This course will provide students with an introduction to the Earth, and in particular discuss current research across the field of Earth Sciences and within the department at UCL. This modules is suitable for Natural Science and Geoscience students with no previous knowledge of Geology and lays a foundation for ther Earth Sciences courses.

Coordinator: Dr Andrew Thomson

Module details
TitleThe Earth 
UG CodeGEOL0007
  
CoordinatorDr Andrew Thomson
Other Contributors 
Term1
Credit15 credits
Written Exam 
Coursework50%: Group work; 50% Coursework (1000 words)
Pre-RequisitesNone for Earth Science and Natural Science students. This course is only available to Earth Sciences and Natural Sciences students.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars10 lectures of 1-2 hours each (approximately 20 hours)
Hours of Practicals/Problem ClassesAs needed
Hours of TutorialsAs needed.
Days of Fieldwork 
Other 
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content

This course will provide students with an introduction to the Earth, and in particular discuss current research across the field of Earth Sciences and within the department at UCL. We will follow the story of how the Earth was formed, and what it might have been like, 4.6 billion years ago, through the origin of life on Earth, the discovery of plate tectonics, long term climate change and the present day “climate emergency”. This module is suitable for natural science and geoscience students with no previous knowledge of geology and provides an introduction for many other earth science courses. The course aims to develop students' critical thinking and presentation skills in multiple settings, through class discussions, collaborative presentation and individual assignments, leading towards a mini-conference with talk and poster presentations in the final week.

By the end of this module students will have:

  • gained an overview of key topics in the Earth Sciences, including introductions to fundamental principles, concepts and vocabulary;
  • been introduced to current and recent research across multiple fields within Earth Sciences at UCL;
  • learned about the formation and composition of the early and modern Earth, plate tectonics, volcanic hazards, long-term climate change, the evolution of life and “the climate emergency”;
  • developed their written, oral and visual scientific presentation skills;
  • contributed to group discussions and presentations;
  • and begun developing their ability to provide critical feedback for themselves and their peers.