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Earth Resources and Sustainability (GEOL0025)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
Some first and/or second year Geology modules preferred. General GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

This course explores the nature and critical issues of major types of Earth resources - energy, metallic, non-metallic, water, soil - and the impacts that resource usage has on the Earth environment. The concept of sustainability for Earth materials will be approached through discussion of thematic position topics, to encourage students to reach their own conclusions. Students will learn timescales and how geological processes control formation and distribution of resource materials, and the scope for environmental and climatic change at the Earth's surface. Key is the identification and characterisation of materials and the tools for exploration and planning for the consequences of exploitation as practised by the resource industries.

By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate that Earth materials, which provide the foundations of modern society, are finite in abundance and non-equally distributed yet can be appreciated and profoundly informed from a geological perspective.

Prerequisites for this module are some first and/or second year Geology modules preferred. General GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
60% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
30% Coursework (3,000 words essay and practical assignments)
10% Oral presentation (10 minutes)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
33
Module leader
Professor Eric Oelkers
Who to contact for more information
e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
60% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
30% Coursework (3,000 words essay and practical assignments)
10% Oral presentation (10 minutes)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
0
Module leader
Professor Eric Oelkers
Who to contact for more information
e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
60% Unseen two and a half hour written examination
30% Coursework (3,000 words essay and practical assignments)
10% Oral presentation (10 minutes)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
45
Module leader
Professor Eric Oelkers
Who to contact for more information
e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.