The development of fieldwork problem-based exercises in the applied geosciences

David Giles, Malcolm Whitworth, Andrew Poulsom

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This paper will outline the development and continual enhancement of a suite of field-orientated problem-based exercises with associated suitable field sites for the applied geoscience courses at the University of Portsmouth. The two principal degree pathways considered are BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics and BSc Geological Hazards. Some of the material developed is being enhanced further for use on the MSc Geohazard Assessment and MSc Engineering Geology programmes.

These exercises developed include innovations in the learning, teaching and assessment of the field-based skills required of a modern applied geoscientist. The key aspects of student engagement, lateral thinking skills and resource use are developed within these field-based programmes and associated scenario-based exercises.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


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