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Demonstrating in the Department of Earth Sciences

Demonstrating Practical and Field Classes in Earth Sciences
The current handbook is available below in Adobe PDF format.


Undergraduate Supervision In Earth Sciences
The current handbook is available below in Adobe PDF format.


Supervision reports are submitted using the CAMCORS system.

Practical Classes

Academic Staff Member

Dr David Norman
Director of Teaching


North Wing: IA, IB, II Labs (2nd Floor)
South Wing: IA Lab (2nd Floor); 1B Labs (2nd Floor); II Lab 3rd Floor

Charlie Snellling
Tel: 33458

Ben Froste
Tel: 33472

Each teaching laboratory is equipped with microscopes and angle-poise lamps. Other equipment for practical classes is laid out by the technicians as required.

Members of the Department demonstrating in the laboratories should check that the microscopes and other equipment are working satisfactorily and be alert to any possible electrical faults, reporting them to the head of class immediately.

Considerable time is involved in preparing and assembling material for practical classes, e.g. thin sections and hand specimens, and care should be taken to ensure that these are not damaged by rough handling etc..

Each laboratory houses a small library. The books are for use during practical classes and should under no circumstances be removed from the laboratory.

In several laboratories there are also sample collections of thin sections which are available for use by students for revision purposes. This material should under no circumstances be removed from the laboratories. Sets of thin sections may be borrowed from the class assistants.

Sets of handouts and answer sheets for practical classes are available from the class assistants. They also hold copies of past examination papers.

Please report any faulty electrical equipment to the Head of Class immediately.


The General Information section of our teaching site has pointers to past tripos papers, reading lists, marking guidlines etc.