UCL Earth Sciences


GEOL0034 Geology for Global Managers and Engineers

This module aims at providing the students with a background regarding the basics of applied geology, with emphasis on formations that bear natural resources, for example carbonate deposits, shale formations, sedimentary basins, etc. It introduces the concepts of geology, with emphasis on materials, resources and energy. It is delivered in part by ‘problem-based learning’ in small groups of students, and through weekly themed practical classes which include modelling of eg: hydrocarbon resources.

Coordinator: Prof Adrian Jones

Module details
TitleGeology for Global Managers and Engineers
UG CodeGEOL0034
CoordinatorProf Adrian Jones
Dr Sudeshna Basu
Other Contributors 
Credit15 credits
Written Exam60%
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars18 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of Tutorials4
Days of Fieldwork5

The course provide a broad introduction to the geological sciences, explaining how the Earth works and how it has evolved through time.

It consists of weekly themed presentations covering introduction to the classification of geological materials and minerals, including hands on practical methods for identification.  Regular practical classes allow discussion as well as demonstration of methods and processes, including a week specialising in use of commercial modelling software for hydrocarbon/resource evaluation.  Some of the work will be conducted in small groups of students.


To introduce the student to the fundamental nature and origins of common geological materials, and the principles governing their distribution in space and time. This will provide a framework for understanding how economic mineral deposits and energy resources have been formed and where to look for them, to aid in decisions as to how they may be explored, assessed, and extracted by industrial methods of best practice for the environment.


Knowledge and Understanding:
  • Classification, identification and mineralogy of common rocks, in the laboratory (hand specimens) and in the field (compulsory fieldtrip to S England in Reading Week Term 1);
  • The concepts of plate tectonics, volcanism and seismicity on a global and regional scale through deep time;
  • The interaction of geology with landform, to guide in the location and formation of mineral ore and subsurface energy deposit;
  • Compare different natural resources, origins and distribution;
  • Engineering and resource aspects of geological materials including an introduction to modelling to interpret 3D deposits;