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Field Methods 2

Course Code: EAES 2500
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Building on Field Methods 1 and other courses, this course broadens and deepens knowledge and field skills used by Earth Scientists. Topics include description and identification of minerals and rock units, integration of cross-sections and geologic maps, advanced use of field tools for positioning and measurement.

Course Content

  • Topographic and geological maps, air photographs and sattelite imagery.
  • Observing in the field and recording of accurate/descriptive field notes in field notebooks (and in digital format).
  • Area-specific field mapping strategy using published data, remote sensing  and other information.
  • Sampling programs, laying out sampling grids, collection of soil and other types of samples.
  • Field identification and description of a range of minerals and rocks, including economic mineral assemblages.
  • Exploration field tools, including magnetic compass (including Brunton), GPS, trigonometric triangulation with compass, chain, clinometer.
  • Identification, measurement, prediction, and interpretation of geologic structures in the field.
  • Base maps, geological maps with a variety of data, together with integrated cross-sections.
  • Field area reports, including rock units, geological history, depositional environments, orogeny, tectonics, economic mineralogy, prospects.
  • Common geophysical tools.  A variety of geophysical methods will be reviewed including magnetometer, IP, G.P. Radar, Magnetotellurics, Electromagnetic methods, pXRF, Scintillometer and reflection seismic.  Some tools will be demonstrated.  Emphasis will be on use rather than interpretation.
  • Geomorphology, including description of common glacial and other surficial features.  Preparation of simple surficial maps.
  • Water flow at surface, groundwater flow in surficial and glacial materials and rock.
  • Mining methods, economic deposits, mineralized rock exposures.
  • Assignments and labs may include the following:
    • Navigation and positional determination exercise.
    • Mapping rock units and structural elements.
    • Mapping of surficial materials and glacial structures.
    • Detailed logging of trenches and stratigraphic columns.
    • Preparation of geological reports.
    • Mine tour and description.
    • Soil and rock sampling exercise.

Methods of Instruction

The class will involve lectures and labs in a field setting.  The course will normally occur over a 3 - 4 week period.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on the following:

Labs and assignments                30 - 40%

Field Notes and reports              10 - 20%

Quizzes and Exams                    50%

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing EAES 2500, a student will be able to:

  • Explain why observation is fundamental to the scientific method, and why development of careful and thoughtful observation is important for an Earth Scientist.
  • Collect and record field information for use in daily field mapping and in later data analysis.
  • Use published and supplied information to plan geological traverses, and a simple mineral exploration strategy.
  • Describe and identify a wide variety of minerals in the field, including common alteration minerals.
  • Describe rocks and explain how they have formed in a variety of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic settings.
  • Navigate and locate positions with precision, by using and integrating a number of techniques.
  • Predict the occurrence of geological structures based on geological environment, then identify, meaure and interpret their significance.
  • Develop integrated geological maps and cross-sections utilizing field information and published data.
  • Describe and identify economic minerals, and infer mineral deposit types.
  • Identify common geophysical and geochemical tools and techniques for field use.
  • Describe and identify surficial materials and associated groundwater flow.
  • Construct a geological history of a region using field data and published data.
  • Discuss some modern mining methods, and collect basic geologic data from a mine exposure (underground and/or open pit).

course prerequisites

EAES 1500 and 2410 and 2550 or permission of instructor.  Student must demonstrate completion of a valid first-aid course with CPR and wound treatment.



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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