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Cursus: GEO4-1430
Field research instruction geology
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (M (Master))
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoonprof. dr. J.H.P. de Bresser
Telefoon+31 30 2534973
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof. dr. J.H.P. de Bresser
Overige cursussen docent
prof. dr. J.H.P. de Bresser
Overige cursussen docent
dr. F.J. Hilgen
Overige cursussen docent
dr. L.C. Matenco
Overige cursussen docent
4  (23-04-2018 t/m 13-07-2018)
Timeslot-: Geen timeslot van toepassing
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 29-01-2018 08:00 t/m 27-02-2018 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
At the end of the course, the student will:
  • be able to set-up a field project with a specific research question;
  • be able to carry out this field project;
  • be able to report about the field research project.
Approximately the month of June is reserved for a research-oriented fieldwork in the Betic Cordillera, southern Spain for students that choose to incorporate a field activity in their master-programme. For students entering in September, this will be at the end of year 4 (year 1 of the masterprogramme).
The course will usually start with a short introductory excursion aiming to give an overview of the regional geology relevant to the area of study.
Subsequently, independent field research will be carried out with a focus on either geodynamic (structural geology, metamorphic geology, petrology), or on environmental/climate related topics (sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, biogeology). The exact objectives of the field research (i.e. the research question to be answered), the area of focus (the mapping area) and the scientific approach (the applied methods) will be defined via discussion with the staff members involved. Objectives, area and approach will be different for every team.

Development of Transferable skills:
  • Ability to work in a team: the field work is carried out in a team of two students, both members having the same responsibility w.r.t. the final product ;
  • Written communication skills: results of the field work has to be presented in the form of a written report, journal paper style;
  • Strong work ethic: collecting data in the field has to be done with full respect for nature, wildlife and the demands of local land owners and users;
  • Problem-solving skills: Fieldwork typically requires that problems are solved that were not anticipated before, and that strategies are adjusted;
  • Initiative: the students largely work independently so cannot wait until supervision arrives, they have to take initiatives themselves to get progress;
  • Analytical/quantitative skills: knowledge and skills obtained during regular intramural classes have to be applied to answer typical field-related research questions;
  • Flexibility. adaptability: Field projects typically require continuous adaption of strategy depending on the data collected;
  • Technical skills: use of GPS and digital mapping, sample collection and separation, software like stress inversion software, Stereonet orientation analysis, digital logging.
Programme and Schedule:
Travel and field work: end of May - end of June
Report: end of first week of July
Returned with feedback: beginning of first week of September
Revised report handed in: end of third week of September
Please note: Registration for this course only during the first registration period.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor een opleiding van de faculteit Faculteit Geowetenschappen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Earth Structure and Dynamics
    • Earth, Life and Climate
    • Marine Sciences
  • Ingeschreven voor een andere opleiding dan
    • Cursist Geowetenschappen
The field course is open to students with background knowledge sufficient to give a good chance of successful completion of the course. This will be assessed on the basis of the personal study plan of the student, approved by the student's advisor. The study plan should contain an overview of previous field experience as well as details of the relevant master courses to be followed preceding the field course.
Bronnen van zelfstudie
See literature.
Verplicht materiaal
Aanbevolen materiaal
Field trip material: Excursion guide
Relevant journal papers, suggested by the lecturers or selected by the student teams
Field work

Minimum cijfer-

Grading of the report.

The final course grade will be satisfactory (6 or higher; pass) or unsatisfactory (5 or lower; fail). A final grade 6 or higher will be rounded off using 1 decimal. A final grade of 5 and lower will not have any decimal places.

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