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General Information

General information

Lecture Lists 2015 - 2016

For Part IA and Part IB you can work out your lecture timetable online via the University Of Cambridge Lecture Listings site. Alternatively (and for Part II and III), look at the Full Department Lecture List.

Course Guides 2015 - 2016

Reading Lists 2015-2016

Reading Lists for Part IA and IB can be found in the relevant sections of the Course Guides (above). Reading lists for Part II and Part III are available on Camtools and from the library.


The Earth Sciences Library is the main resource for Part II and III students. For the IA and IB courses, most textbooks are held in college libraries. Students from all years are nevertheless welcome to make full use of the department library, and to seek advice from the librarians. 

Internet-based learning

Moodle or CamTools is an online resource that houses relevant reference material for all Department of Earth Sciences courses such as:

  • Lecture notes
  • Practical handouts
  • Practical answers
  • Question sheets
  • Supplementary material eg. video demonstrations
  • Course handbooks
  • Tripos exam papers
  • Explanation of marking criteria and classing procedures

Students taking a course should be routinely registered on the relevant Camtools site at the beginning of the academic year. If you are not registered on a course but would like to be, you should contact or the appropriate course coordinator. Extensive CamTools help is available, including video tutorials.

Health & Safety

Whether in the lab or out on fieldwork, you need to be aware of your health and safety, and what responsibilities you have to look after yourself and your colleagues.

Read the Code of Safety and Good Conduct for Teaching Laboratories, to see the guidelines for everyday teaching in Cambridge.

Please refer to the Safety Handbook 2015-2016


Fieldwork safety is taken very seriously by the Department. Before taking part in any field work organised by the department, students should read the information given in the Fieldwork Code of Safe Practice and Good Conduct in the Safety Handbook

Please refer to the Safety Handbook 2015-2016


For the Part II mapping project, all students should have read and acted on the safety information contained in the Field Project Guide which includes but is not limited to: 

  • Arranging your own travel, medical and personal accident insurance.
  • Preparing a hazard assessment for the fieldwork. Please refer to the Safety Handbook 2015-2016 Page Number 31 Title:  Field Risk Assessment
  • Arranging a local contact and notifying your supervisor and the Department Administrator of their contact details.
  • Reading these guidelines on the website.

Full details of Departmental health and safety guidelines are in the Health & Safety section of the website, and in the Department Safety Handbook 2015-2016.

Transferable Skills

Courses in Earth Sciences develop many skills in students that are useful for study in other disciplines, in jobs, and in general for the rest of their lives. The Transferable Skills Statement summarises the generic skills that an undergraduate in Earth Sciences will acquire through their three or four years in Cambridge.


Copying someone else's work and passing it off as your own is unacceptable in the academic world, whether in exams, project work, published papers, or in any other medium. Our Plagiarism Guidance makes clear the rules to obey, and the subject-specific conventions for properly citing the work of others. The University reserves the right to assess any submitted written work suspected of plagiarism using software called Turnitin. The Turnitin Guide and Consent Form explains how this works within Earth Sciences.