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DEGREE IN GEOLOGY

Code:
 C051

Credits:
 240
 
Publication date:
 22/03/2012

Title:
 Undergraduate 3-5 years (ECTS)
 
Fee:
 23,85
 1st-registration credits
 

FIELD OF STUDY

Sciences

SYLLABUS

DEGREE IN GEOLOGY

TYPE OF EDUCATION

Face-to-face

LANGUAGE / S THAT IS OFFERED

Spanish

CENTRES WHERE IT IS TAUGHT

Faculty of Science

PROGRAMME JOINTLY SHARED WITH

Only taught at this university

EXAMINATION DATES

Enter the list of examination dates for this graduate programme.

SYLLABUS OFFERED

 

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FIRST YEAR
SECOND YEAR
60 credits
 
Year
Title
Credits
Subject
2
COMPULSORY
6
 
2
COMPULSORY
9
 
2
COMPULSORY
9
 
2
COMPULSORY
6
 
2
COMPULSORY
9
 
2
COMPULSORY
9
 
2
COMPULSORY
6
 
2
COMPULSORY
6
 
 
 
THIRD YEAR
FOURTH YEAR
42 credits
 
Year
Title
Credits
Subject
18 credits
 
 
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
DEGREE IN GEOLOGY

 

GENERAL AIMS OF THE DEGREE


Geology is the science that studies the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the processes by which it was formed, its history and how it interacts with humans and life in general. Accordingly, the fundamental aim of the Degree in Geology is to provide students with essential knowledge, skills and proficiencies in Geology and related sciences, preparing them for future professions in the field.

The general aims of the University of Alicante Degree in Geology are:

  • To give students a solid, balanced base of theoretical and practical geological knowledge.

  • To provide students with a scientific and technical education in line with current scientific methods, giving them the necessary skills to obtain, analyse and interpret data from field and laboratory work and from the bibliography.

  • To prepare graduates for the labour market in any of the fields corresponding to their professional skills, meeting social needs arising at any given time.

  • To produce graduates capable of evaluating the importance of Geology in its economic, environmental and social context, with special awareness of the need for sustainable use of natural resources.

  • To provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to enable them to specialise further in Geology or other multi-disciplinary areas.

  • Provide to the students a base of knowledges and skills that allow him continue his studies in skilled areas of Geology or multidisciplinary areas.

COMPETENCES


General Competences (CG)

  • CG1:Develop the capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical reasoning.
  • CG2:Show ability for efficient and effective management/direction: entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, creativity, organisation, planning, control, decision-making and negotiation.
  • CG3:Solve problems effectively.
  • CG4:Demonstrate the capacity for teamwork.
  • CG5:Learn autonomously.
  • CG6:Show the capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • CG7:Acquire a permanent concern for quality, the environment and health and safety at work, always in the framework of sustainability.
  • CG8:Show the ability to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions in Geology to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CG9:Commit oneself to ethics and the values of equality, as well as to social responsibility as both a citizen and a professional.

Generic UA Competences

  • CGUA1:Acquire the computer knowledge needed for storing, analysing, synthesising and modelling the data required for the degree course.
  • CGUA2:Understand sources of information for Geology and know how to manage them.
  • CGUA3:Express oneself correctly, both orally and in writing, in either of the two official languages of the Region of Valencia.
  • CGUA4:Understand English as a foreign language in the field of science.

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1:Acquire the fundamentals of geological terminology, nomenclature, agreements, scales and units.
  • CE2:Understand the structure and composition of the Earth.
  • CE3:Identify and characterise the properties of different terrestrial materials using geological methods and their corresponding instrumental techniques.
  • CE4:Identify minerals and rocks, as well as the processes that generate them.
  • CE5:Relate the different structures of mineral materials with their properties and uses.
  • CE6:Recognise fossils and their use in dating and interpreting sedimentary material.
  • CE7:Understand the history of the Earth and of Life from their origins to the present day.
  • CE8:Understand the techniques for dating rocks and geological processes.
  • CE9:Understand the significance of the time scale in geology, as well as the spatial scale.
  • CE10:Use correlation techniques and interpret them.
  • CE11:Understand the different geological processes at work on the Planet.
  • CE12:Understand the different geomorphological systems and interpret the elements of terrestrial relief.
  • CE13:Understand, identify and represent tectonic structures and the processes that generate them.
  • CE14:Relate the different types of rock with their geodynamic contexts.
  • CE15:Understand present environmental processes and any possible risks associated with them.
  • CE16:Carry out environmental impact assessments of the territory.
  • CE17:Know how to explore, evaluate, extract and manage terrestrial resources (industrial minerals and rocks, hydrocarbons, water) in a framework of sustainable development.
  • CE18:Know how to resolve geological problems in Civil Engineering works.
  • CE19:Know how to analyse and mitigate geological risks (floods, landslides, erosion, volcanic activity, earthquakes, subsidence, etc.).
  • CE20:Understand and manage the geological heritage, integrated in the Natural Environment.
  • CE21:Contribute towards evaluating and protecting the Spanish geological and palaeontological heritage, carrying out museum, recreation and dissemination activities for Geology.
  • CE22:Know how to carry out basic and applied research in the different branches of Geology.
  • CE23:Acquire an adequate understanding of other disciplines that are important for Geology.
  • CE24:Know how to apply the basic principles of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics to understanding the Earth and geological processes.
  • CE25:Gather, represent and analyse data using appropriate, field, laboratory and office techniques.
  • CE26:Integrate field and laboratory data with theory, following a sequence of observation, synthesis and modelling.
  • CE27:Evaluate the problems involved in selecting samples, accuracy, precision and uncertainty when gathering, recording and analysing field and laboratory data.
  • CE28:Know how to interpret and prepare geological maps of different kinds (geological, geomorphological, geoenvironmental, geotechnical, metallogenetic, hydrogeological, etc.), and other methods of representation (stratigraphic columns, geological cross-sections, etc.).
  • CE29:Carry out field and laboratory work responsibly and safely, paying adequate attention to risk assessment, access rights, health and safety legislation and environmental impact.
  • CE30:Understand past, present and future interactions between the natural environment and human beings, as well as analysing and predicting their future.
  • CE31:Be aware of the bibliographic resources for Geology.
  • CE32:Learn the basic techniques of cartographic digitalisation and the integration of positioning system (GPS) data into geographic information systems (GIS) as applied to Geology.
  • CE33:Study and plan the rational exploration of geological and energy resources.
  • CE34:Participate in studies of the physical environment in Civil Works and Building.
  • CE35:Direct and supervise research and reconnaissance surveys, as well as direct and carry out sampling tasks, on-site and laboratory testing.
  • CE36:Prepare reports and studies dealing with the exploration, research, production, transformation and control of geological and hydrogeological resources.
  • CE37:Carry out scientific and technical consultancy tasks dealing with geology and geo-mining problems.
  • CE38:Carry out oceanographic and marine geology studies.
  • CE39:Direct and prepare reports on Geological and Environmental Studies related to the Planning Directives of different areas of Government or private bodies.
  • CE40:Carry out all professional activities associated with Geology and Earth Sciences and their scientific, technical and educational development.
  • CE41:Understand the resources needed to teach Geology on the terms laid down in educational legislation.

 

CREDIT STRUCTURE OF THE DEGREE COURSE


The University of Alicante Degree in Geology course programme is worth a total of 240 credits, distributed over four years worth 60 ECTS credits each. In turn, each academic year is organised into 30-credit semesters. The 240 credits cover all the theoretical and practical aspects to be acquired by students, distributed into core, compulsory and optional subjects, and the final project.  

In order to make the course compatible with other activities, students are allowed to take a part-time course consisting of 30 credits per academic year. his does not include new students entering the first year who, in accordance with current legislation, must register for the full year, or for the total number of credits corresponding to the first year of the course programme, or, if no total number of credits is specified, for at least 60 credits (Art. 145 Legislative Decree 1/2005 of 25 February, of the Council of the Regional Government, approving the Revised Text of the Valencian Government Rates Act).


DISTRIBUTION OF CREDITS PER SUBJECT TYPE


Subject type

Credits

Core

60

Compulsory

144

Optional

18

Final Project

18

Total credits

240


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE PROGRAMME


The Course Programme is structured into four modules (core, compulsory, complementary and optional).

  • The core module is covered in the first year and is worth 60 credits. 54 of these form core subjects in the area of the  Science, and comprise the disciplines of    Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology. These are complemented by the fundamental, cross-disciplinary course, Basic Laboratory Operations, worth 6 credits. The aim of this subject is to allow students to acquire practical desk study and laboratory skills (basics of contour map projection and application to geological maps; data processing, etc.) together with cross-disciplinary proficiencies such as IT and data-processing skills, oral and written communication, reading documents in English (considered priority skills by the University of Alicante) and teamwork.
  • The compulsory module is taught in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Years. Students take a total of 114 credits, divided into two courses (Geological Materials and Processes, and Economic Geology), with content from the six fundamental areas of Geology (Crystallography and Mineralogy, Stratigraphy, External Geodynamics, Internal Geodynamics, Palaeontology and Petrology and Geochemistry).  Geological Materials and Processes comprises seven subjects worth 6 credits each and six subjects worth 9 credits each, with 24 credits being taught in each of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th semesters. Economic Geology is taught in the 4th Year (semester 7) and consists of three subjects each worth 6 credits.
  • The Complementary Module is taught alongside the Compulsory Module. It consists of three courses: Desk Study techniques, Field Work techniques, and Geology Projects and Environmental Geology. All subjects within the first two courses  are of an eminently practical nature, enabling students to acquire essential proficiencies and skills in geological and geoscientific cartography. Completing the module is the third course, “Projects in Geology and Environmental Geography”, which complements the education of Geology Graduates, enabling them to acquire the necessary skills for future professional practice as geologists. 
  • The Optional module consists of the Optional subjects (42 credits) and Final Project (18 credits).
    • The optional subjects are mainly applied subjects. Their intention is to offer future graduates experience in applied Geology in a range of fields. A total of 7 subjects will be offered, including the optional Work Experience (6 credits). Semester 7 consists of two subjects, from which students must choose one; in Semester 8, students must take choose two subjects from the four on offer. Students may take “Work Experience” in either of these two semesters. Subjects are: Extended Hydrogeology. Extended Geology applied to Engineering. Geological Risks. Micropalaeontology. Tectonics. Applied Petrology. Work Experience.
    • Students may take work experience in 6-ECTS blocks, as follows: Work experience not related to the Final Project: Successful work experience programmes are worth up to 6 optional credits. Work experience related to the Final Project: Students may take 6 optional work experience credits and continue with one of the experimental blocks of the Final Project, up to a maximum of 18 ECTS. Students may take 6 credits for work experience exclusively related to one of the experimental blocks of the Final Project. In this case, the supplement to the Degree will specify that work experience comprised part of the student’s final project, or the Science Faculty will establish the requirements necessary for the Final Project, in accordance with the Regulations for Progression and Termination established by the University of Alicante.
  • The final phase of the course programme, the Final Project, has been divided into three blocks, each worth 6 ECTS: two practical blocks and a written block.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Students who study an undergraduate degree at the University of Alicante must confirm a minimum level of B1 in a foreign language (a B2 is recommended) in order to obtain the diploma.  

The required language level is in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

The language accreditation requirement can be obtained previously or at any time during university studies. However, the language requirement will be necessary in order to be able to assess the final year project.

The different forms of obtaining such language requirement can be consulted in the additional information in this section.  

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LANGUAGE TEACHING COMPETENCE CERTIFICATE

Students who want to have a career in non-university teaching when they finish their studies are recommended to obtain the teaching competence certificate (Valencian and/or foreign languages).

This certificate can be obtained by taking specific itineraries in your university studies or by taking the UA teaching competence course in Valencian, German, French and English.

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FINAL YEAR PROJECT (TFG)

All the official undergraduate degrees must be completed by preparing and defending a final year project, which must be done in the final phase of the studies and be aimed at the assessment of competences associated to the degree.

The final year project must be an original, independent and personal work. The elaboration of it may by individual or coordinated. Each student will prepare this project under the supervision of a tutor, allowing students to show the received training content in an integrated many, as well as the acquired competences associated to the undergraduate degree.

In order to register in the final year project, students must comply with the requirements established in the “Regulations for continuation studies for students registered in undergraduate degrees at the University of Alicante”. Among the requirements established to be able to register in the final year project, a minimum of 168 credits must be passed in undergraduate degrees with a total of 240 credits, and a minimum of 228 credits in undergraduate degrees with a total of 300 credits or more.

In order for the final year project to be assessed, a B1 level of a foreign language (B2 is recommended) must be confirmed.

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Access routes

Procedure for applying for admission

Recommended applicant profile

Number of places and court notes

 

ACCESS ROUTES

 

Admission to this degree course is open to any applicant who meets one of the following entrance requirements:

1. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (Selection Examination). Although admission will be granted for all high school diploma disciplinary routes, it is recommended that applicants have studied the following disciplinary routes: Science and Technology.

Applicants’ admission grades for this course can be improved by taking the corresponding specific subject paper in the university entrance examination.  Papers for specific subjects with their corresponding weightings can be consulted in the table below.

 

High School Diploma Subjects

Parámetros de ponderación
Análisis Musical II Biología Ciencias de la Tierra y Medioambientales Dibujo Artístico II Dibujo Técnico II Diseño Economía de la Empresa Electrotecnia Física Geografía Griego Historia de la Música y de la Danza  Historia del Arte Latín Lenguaje y Práctica Musical Literatura Universal Matemáticas Aplicadas a las Ciencias Sociales II Matemáticas II Química Técnicas de Expresión Gráfico Plásticas Tecnología Industrial II

Academic Year 2010-11

2011-12

0.1                                          
0.2
x
x

x     x
x
                x
x
  x

Academic Years 

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

0.1
x



    x

               
x
   x
0.2      x      
   x                 x
     

 

 2. PREVIOUS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS FROM PREVIOUS EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES WITH OR WITHOUT UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: 

Applicants who have passed the previous entrance examination, or applicants who have not passed the previous entrance examination but hold one of the following qualifications: LOGSE high school diploma, COU, Pre-university course certificate, or any other qualification equivalent to the high school diploma, may take the new entrance examination.

Applicants who have passed the previous entrance examination may take a specific subject paper in order to improve their admission grade, but must still take the general examination.  Applicants who have not passed the entrance examination must take the general examination and may, if they wish, take the specific subject paper in order to improve their admission grade.

For specific subjects, the weightings indicated in the previous section must be taken into account.

3. VOCATIONAL TRAINING: Qualifications in Advanced Vocational Training, Advanced Technician in Plastic Arts and Design or Advanced Technician in Sports: admission is granted for any vocational area.  

Applicants’ admission grades for this course can be improved by taking the corresponding specific subject paper in the university entrance examination.  Papers for specific subjects with their corresponding weightings can be consulted in the table 1.

4. STUDENTS FROM EUROPEAN UNION EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS OR OTHER STATES WITH WHICH SPAIN HAS A RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT.  AN ACCESS CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED, issued by the UNED (Spanish National University for Distance Education). Applicants may take the specific subject paper in order to improve their admission grade.  They may also take the complete university entrance examination.

5. STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN EDUCATION SYSTEMS, FOLLOWING APPLICATION FOR HOMOLOGATION OF THEIR ORIGINAL HIGH SHCHOOL DIPLOMA WITH THE SPANISH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION ORGANISED BY THE UNED.

6. ADMISSION FOR APPLICANTS OVER 25 YEARS OF AGE Specific university entrance examination.  From the total places offered, a minimum of 2% are reserved.  Preference is given to Sciences. + info

7. ADMISSION FOR APPLICANTS OVER 40 YEARS OF AGE who do not hold academic qualifications but have accredited work and professional experience in accordance with accreditation criteria and the work and professional experience concerned.  An interview will be held.  A series of places are reserved for applicants over 40  years of age, of between 1% and 3% of the total places offered.  +info

8. ADMISSION FOR APPLICANTS OVER 45 YEARS OF AGE. Specific university entrance examination.  This access route is open to applicants who do not hold a qualification which would qualify them for admission by another route, and who cannot accredit work and professional experience.  A series of places are reserved for applicants over 45 years of age, of between 1% and 3% of the total places offered. + info

9. UNIVERSITY DEGREES OR EQUIVALENT. 3% of the total places offered are reserved.


PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR ADMISSION: PRE-ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION

  • Anticipated number of places offered during the first pre-enrolment session: 50 
  • Applicants admitted to a course must formally register within the timescale established annually in the enrolment calendar. Registration Information.


RECOMMENDED APPLICANT PROFILE

 

It is recommended that students who wish to study for a degree in Geology have a basic scientific-technical education, preferably with an understanding of the disciplines of Mathematics, Physics, Biochemistry and Geology.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES AND COURT NOTES

 

COURSES

NUMBER OF PLACES

COURT NOTES

GENERAL

OVER

 25

OVER

  40

OVER

  45

GRADUATES

SPORTPEOPLE

DISABLED

2010-11

50

5,738

5,710

5,900

---

6,700

---

---

2011-12

50

6,032

6,746

5,000

---

7,600

---

---

2012-13

50

6,091

7,235

---

---

---

---

---

2013-14

50

5,000

7,415

---

---

---

---

---

2014-15

50

5,000

---

---

---

5,000

---

---

2015-16

50

5,833

6,260

---

---

6,150

---

---

2016-17

50

6,286

---

---

---

---

---

---

 

  • "Court notes" indicated correspond to the results of the first adjudication of June.
  • The definitive notes can be inferior to the here collected.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILES


Students wishing to study for the Degree in Geology should have a scientific-technical background, ideally with a grounding in the disciplines of Mathematics, Physics, Biological Chemistry and Geology.

 

Desirable attributes of future Geology students should include:

  • A capacity for work (constancy, method, order).
  • A capacity for reasoned thought and critical analysis.
  • A scientific spirit.
  • A capacity to retain, interpret and apply knowledge.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • A capacity for synthesis and abstract thought.
  • Recommended complementary skills: English and user-level computer skills.


IMPLEMENTATION


TIMESCALE

Academic Year

Implementation of the Degree in Geology

2010-2011

1st Year

2011-2012

2nd Year

2012-2013

3rd Year

2013-2014

4th Year

 

The Degree in Geology will be implemented from the academic year 2010-2011 onwards, if verified by ANECA. In this case, by the academic year 2013-2014, all of the Degree courses will be being taught.

 

CREDIT EQUIVALENCE BETWEEN UA SCIENCE FACULTY DEGREES


The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Alicante offers five degree courses in the area of the Sciences (Biology, Marine Sciences, Geology, Chemistry and Mathematics) and one degree course in the area of Health Sciences (Optics and Optometry). In order to facilitate mobility between courses at the end of the first year, recognition will be given to the credits obtained in their first year of study by students entering the Chemistry degree programme from other Science Faculty degree programmes.

This may mean that in the second year of the Degree, some students lack a basic foundation, which could hinder the progress of their studies. In these cases, tutorial help will be offered to students in order to remedy this lack and provide guidance in certain fundamental areas.

DEGREE IN GEOLOGY. SYLLABUS SUMMARY

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