Introduction to geology

Course Dates: 17/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.


What is the course about?

Geology is a relatively recent science; up to the 1790s, rocks and fossils were explained by the Deluge of Noah. We have come a long way since then, with the theories of plate tectonics explaining the position of the continents, volcanoes and earthquakes, and evolution, the fossil record we see in the rocks. The emplacement of granites and their erosion can give us a grasp of the vast span of geological time, and geologists are the scientists who find most of the world’s natural resources.

What will we cover?

- Early ideas about the history of the Earth
- The ‘Plate Tectonic’ history of the British Isles
- Plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes
- What happens when a granite erodes
- Weathering and the shaping of the landscape
- How we know about the history of life on earth
- Drilling for oil in the North Sea.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Outline some early ideas on the history of the Earth
- Explain the theory of Plate Tectonics
- Explain why earthquakes and volcanoes occur
- Describe the process of weathering and how landscapes are shaped
- Outline how we know about the history of life on earth
- Be able to look at landscapes from a geological viewpoint.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. 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?

You will be taught in a number of different ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad and pen. There will be no additional costs for the course but a hand lens or magnifying glass will be useful to bring along if you already have one (but not essential if you don't).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS024 Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils.

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lots of information packed into a short time with good back up materials
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Review by christine / (Posted on 18/11/2018)
Utterly compelling course! Well-paced, engagingly delivered, tutor very knowledgable and rock samples passed round to examine. Good course materials. Thoroughly recommended.
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Review by Marianne / (Posted on 18/11/2018)
Just thought I absolutely had a to leave a review for this course. I've never had a better teacher in all my life. I was able to enjoy science and not be filled with overwhelming confusion. Everything was explained in depth and simplicity and the subject was taught with enthusiasm and passion. I will definitely be pursing the sciences in my life all thanks to this course.
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Review by Harmony / (Posted on 22/08/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Charles Clarke Tutor Website

Charles Clarke grew up in the midlands of Ireland and currently resides in Central London. He became interested sciences from an early age, eventually pursuing a career in archaeology, human evolution and the geological sciences. He successfully comleted a B.Sc. in Applied Archaeology at the Sligo Institute of Technology in 2011 and graduated with a M.Sc. in Palaeolanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University College London Institute of Archaeology in 2012. Over the years he has conducted work in Spain, France and Germany on various Late Pleistocene archaeological sites ranging in age from 120,000 years of age to 23,000 years of age. He began work as a commercial archaeologist in the UK in 2017 and has continued in this field to the present day. He still finds time to teach a number of courses at Build and enjoys talking about all aspects of archaeology, geology, palaeontology and palaeoanthropology.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HS026

Sun, day, 17 Nov - 17 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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