EARTH506-20B (HAM)

Geological Models

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Earth Sciences

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Paper Description

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This paper focuses on the development of 2D and 3D models of Earth materials for engineering and sedimentological purposes. The paper will be taught predominantly through practical sessions involving map and model production, with some short supporting lectures. Models will be interpreted through group discussion and independent study.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is composed of lectures, student seminars, and practical sessions.

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The paper is supported by learning resources provided in person or accessed via Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Develop and interpret geological models for rock or soil masses based on borehole and similar data.
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  • Infer environments of formation and geological development from 2D and 3D geological models
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  • Critically discuss the limitations of geological models
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Assessment

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Maps, cross sections and models are developed during practical learning in the laboratory and on the computer. Understanding of environments of formation and limitations of modelling are assessed through written reports and seminar presentations. There are 3 assignments: all involve preparation of a hand-drawn model together with a written report; assignments 2 and 3 also require an oral presentation.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 - Fluvial environments
4 Aug 2020
No set time
20
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment 2 - Cross sections
8 Sep 2020
No set time
40
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Assignment 3 - Engineering geology
13 Oct 2020
No set time
40
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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O. Catuneanu, Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy 1st version
N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple, Facies Models 4, GeoText 6, Geological Association of Canada
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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.
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Workload

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The paper involves up to 12 workshops, preparation and presentation of a oral seminars and associated reports, and preparation for a final 3-hour exam. A 500-level 15 point paper in any of the science subjects offered by the University of Waikato typically involves less than ~30 hours of supervised study and it is assumed that up to ~120 hours will be spent in private study by an ‘average’ student. Students should expect to spend approximately 30 hours in independent study for each assessment item.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Linkages to other papers: ERTH242, ERTH562 ERTH563; ERTH564, ERTH565

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH312 or EARTH313 or ERTH352

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Restriction(s)

Restrictions: ERTH552

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