What is the course about?
In this course, we will be looking at a range of geological specimens from the tutor’s personal collection. You will learn to identify the common transparent minerals such as quartz and calcite, study the variety of volcanoes around the world and identify their lavas and discover the structure and life stories of common fossils.
What will we cover?
- The varieties of quartz from amethyst to agate and flint
- Some common ores of metals found in the British Isles
- Granites and allied rocks, their formation and how to identify them
- Volcanoes and their lavas
- Geological hazards; earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides
- The building stones of London; finding geology all around us
- How fossils are formed and their uses from Neolithic burials to oil exploration
- Describing and identifying a range of common minerals and fossils.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a simple mineral identification tool kit
- Identify a range of common rocks, minerals and fossils
- Have a basic knowledge of building stones used in London
- Tell a bivalve from a brachiopod and a trilobite from an ammonite.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course that is open to all and no prior knowledge of geology is necessary. An absolute minimum of chemical formulae will be used and always explained. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based at Build but there may be a short walk outside to look at building stones.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs but bring along a hand lens/magnifying glass if you have one. Also it would be useful to have a Mineral, Rock and Fossil I.D. book. There are several suitable ones published by Collins, Hamlyn and Dorling Kindersley.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS117 Geology beneath British landscapes
HS094 The history of science.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details