The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology

Online Course

Future Learn
The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology

What is the course about?

The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology
The course The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology is an online class provided by The Open University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Get an introduction to geology. Discover where materials that make up everyday objects come from and how to use them sustainably.
Course description
  • Get an introduction to geological processes
  • 4 weeks
  • Everything we use that has not been grown either contains or relies on materials that have been sourced by a geologist.
  • On this online course, you will discover the link between volcanoes and your mobile phone, or why tiny marine wildlife is at the core of the plastics industry.
  • You will explore basic geological processes, focusing on how, where and why different rocks and natural resources form across the Earth.
  • You will also look at some of the environmental and sustainability considerations that geologists need to take into account when extracting and processing these resources.
  • Identifying igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
  • The rock cycle
  • Plate tectonics
  • Sources of metals and some of their uses in everyday life
  • The origins, exploration and uses of oil
  • Environmental impacts of using the Earth’s resources
  • Some methods of mitigating environmental issues
  • Identify different igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
  • Assess and understand the origin, occurrence and availability of some natural physical resources associated with metals, oil and building stones
  • Apply and use numerical and graphical methods to interpret quantities and concentrations of different natural resources
  • Describe and appreciate societal and environmental issues associated with the sustainability of the Earth’s physical resources
  • The course is open to anyone with an interest in geology and the natural environment. It will be particularly useful for anyone considering an environmental science degree course or teachers who are looking for additional geology and geography resources to use in the classroom.
  • You will need a camera capable of taking a digital photo – a smart phone is fine. You will also need a Flickr account – this is free and easy to use.
  • The Open University
  • The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Prerequisites & Facts

The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology

Course Topic

Earth Science, Nature & Environment, Science, Engineering & Maths

University, College, Institution

The Open University

Course Skill Level

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The Open University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: The Open University
Topic: Earth Science, Nature & Environment, Science, Engineering & Maths
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