1. Awarding Institution/Body Kingston University
2. Teaching Institution Kingston University, School of Earth Sciences & Geography
3. Programme Accredited by: The Geological Society
4. Final Award BSc (Hons)
5. Name of Route/Pathway or Field Applied Geology
6. UCAS Code F615
7. QAA Benchmarking Group Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies (ES3)

8. Main educational aims of the scheme or field

9. Intended Learning Outcomes of Programme

The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge & understanding of:

  1. The structure of the Earth, the composition of Earth materials and the processes involved in their evolution;
  2. Major geoscience paradigms, with particular emphasis on Earth Systems Science;
  3. The nature, formation, occurrence and exploitation of natural resources;
  4. The strategies and methods employed in exploration for, evaluation and sustainability of, such resources;
  5. The interaction of applied geology with society;

Knowledge & understanding points 1-5 are acquired through a combination of learning environments including: lectures (including industrial speakers), laboratory and IT-based practicals, fieldwork, group and individual projects, case studies and seminars. Foundation knowledge and understanding is achieved at Level 1 and the first part of Level 2 and built upon in the latter part of Level 2, through Level 3. At Level 3, students are expected to demonstrate progressive increase in the depth of knowledge and understanding, with greater emphasis on independent and problem-based learning. Assessment of knowledge & understanding is achieved through a combination of: written examinations, laboratory and field-based practical exercises and a range of coursework items including essays, group and individual project reports, seminar and poster presentations.

Intellectual Skills to be able to:

  1. Collect, analyse and interpret geological, geophysical, geotechnical and geochemical data to formulate and test hypotheses;
  2. Recognise the moral and ethical issues of investigations and to appreciate the need for professional codes of conduct.

Intellectual skills are acquired through lectures (including industrial speakers), tutorials, fieldwork, practical work, independent and group project work and directed study. Assessment is through practical and field exercises (including field notebooks), interim and final written project and dissertation reports, project and dissertation presentations and VIVAs.

Practical skills to be able to:

  1. Describe, identify and interpret Earth materials and structures, especially those having an economic significance in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts;
  2. Initiate, plan, develop, execute and report on a research or commercial project in applied geology, involving field and laboratory investigations.

Practical skills are acquired mainly through fieldwork, practical work, independent and group project work and directed study. Assessment is through practical and field exercises (including field notebooks), interim and final written project and dissertation reports, project and dissertation presentations and VIVAs.

Other Graduate Key Skills to be able to:

  1. Present (in appropriate written, verbal, computational and graphical forms) the results of desk-, field- and laboratory-based investigations for a variety of audiences (Communication; C&IT);
  2. Produce numerical analyses of their own and published data, including appreciation of accuracy, precision and uncertainty (Numeracy and C&IT);
  3. Work independently, or as an active part of a group or team, to address and solve problems (interpersonal/teamwork);
  4. Identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development (self management & professional development);
  5. Recognise ambitions for lifelong learning and develop the skills needed to achieve these ambitions (self management & professional development).

Acquisition and development of Key Skills 1-5 is fully integrated into the Applied Geology programme at all Levels. Written communication skills are developed through writing essays, technical reports and dissertations. Oral and graphical communication skills are developed during preparation and delivery of oral presentations, IT-based presentations, group presentations, poster presentations and during VIVAs. At Level 1, students take geologically-based numeracy and C&IT modules*. At Level 2, the Analysis of Geoscience data module builds on the Level 1 numeracy module and covers more advanced statistical techniques. Additionally, Numeracy and C&IT skills are developed during field and laboratory-based practicals, project and dissertation work. Interpersonal/teamwork skills are acquired through fieldwork exercises and group assignments. Self management & professional development is encouraged at all Levels, with particular emphasis from Level 2 onwards. Tutorial sessions, module-based assignments and careers counselling (internal & by careers service staff) form the base for skills acquisition. Assessment of key skills is achieved through module examinations (for * above) and appropriate module-based coursework exercises, with the fieldwork and dissertation modules being particularly important. A Key skills tutor monitors the process and provides informal feedback to students and formal recording of achievement through the production of a key skills transcript to accompany the formal academic transcript.

10. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits, awards

The overall structure of the programme is shown in the accompanying diagram. The Single Honours Applied Geology programme allows students to plan, with counselling, a programme of study appropriate to their individual needs or interests. The initial stage of the programme is common with the Single Honours Geology programme and students decide which programme to follow on successful completion of Level 1. As Geology is a practical, field-based subject, the lecture/practical modules are underpinned by a diet of extensive fieldwork modules. At Level 1, students take 120 CATS credits (8 modules x 15): four (2 per Semester) providing basic geological knowledge, concepts and vocabulary as building blocks for further study; two (1 per Semester) providing basic numeracy and C&IT skills; one fieldwork module and one free choice module, the latter allowing students to broaden their programme by selecting from a wide range of science and language modules. At Level 2, students take eight geology modules (total 120 credits) which, together, will provide a core of knowledge and skills in all branches of geology. This represents a sound foundation from which a wide variety of specialisms can be developed at Level 3. The distinctiveness of the Applied Geology programme is realised at Level 2 with the core Semester 2 module on Methods in Industrial Geology. Level 3 provides a core of knowledge involving an integrative overview of applied geology (2 core taught modules x 15 credits; 1 core fieldwork module x 15 credits) coupled with an element of choice in alternative aspects of applied geology dependent on student needs, interests or career preferences (3 modules x 15 credits). Two core independent modules (total 30 credits) fulfil a critical role in developing students' intellectual and practical skills and other key skills.

Benchmarking and Programme Specifications

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