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Dales, Vales & Lakes: the Palaeozoic of Northern England - CED00020M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Annette McGrath
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

The purpose of this module is to introduce at postgraduate level the Palaeozoic geology of northern England, and the knowledge and analysis required to understand its origins, development and global context.

The module aims to:

  • Introduce students to the Palaeozoic rock types, fossils, and geological structures present in Yorkshire and northern England;
  • Assess the Palaeozoic geology of Yorkshire and northern England, focussing particularly on the origins and structure of major features such as the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Coalfields
  • Show how the Palaeozoic rocks of northern England preserve evidence of a wide variety of ancient depositional environments, from offshore marine muds and coral limestones to tropical swamps and desert sandstones
  • Enable students to use appropriate techniques to interpret Palaeozoic palaeoenvironments accurately.

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

  • Assess, comprehend and describe the changing Palaeozoic palaeoenvironments of Yorkshire and northern England;
  • Identify and explain the global events and mechanisms that drove changes in the Palaeozoic palaeoenvironments;
  • Interpret key Palaeozoic rock and fossil types through appropriate research and analysis.
  • Make judgments on the global importance of the Palaeozoic rocks of Yorkshire and northern England, and the role they have played in our understanding of the evolution of the Earth.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • Geological history of Britain and Ireland (2012). Woodcock and Strachan. 2nd edition.
  • British regional geology. Northern England (2010). Stone et al. 5th edition.
  • British regional geology: the Pennines and adjacent areas (2002). Aitkenhead et al. 4th edition.
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy (2009). Gary Nichols. 
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology (2003). Myron G. Best. 
  • Sedimentary environments : processes, facies, and stratigraphy (2009). H.G. Reading. 

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