6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
Geology is essentially a forensic science, and every geologist needs to know the vital clues to look for in rocks in order to work out how the earth evolved. The unit will:
- Focus on case studies from modern and ancient mountain belts
- Teach the basic skills necessary to unravel the history of deformation in zones of the Earth's crust affected by tectonism
- Show how these observations can be linked and used to infer the large scale evolution of the earth.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Identify and classify small to large scale structures and interpret their significance.
- Apply concepts of geometric and kinematic structural analysis.
- Identify deformational behaviour of major rock forming minerals at different conditions.
- Develop a sound understanding of analysis and documentation of three-dimensional structures in the field.
- Combine scientific data to understand the relationship between tectonic settings and deformation.
Closed book theory examination (2 hours): 45% (Hurdle)
Open book practical examination (2 hours): 25%
Practical/field exercises: 30%
Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive an aggregate mark of 48% unless their aggregate mark is lower.
Two hours of lectures and three hours of practical work per week, plus three field trips
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