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Module

CEG2603 : Structural Geology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sanem Acikalin Cartigny
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim is to teach the students the key aspects of structural geology and tectonics. Specifically brittle and ductile deformation, the key mechanical forces associated with deformation and the resulting structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

Brittle Deformation; fractures, joints, faults, stress and the mechanics of fracturing and faulting.
Ductile deformation; folds, foliations and lineations and strain.
Tectonics; basin formation, orogenic belts
Practicals include mapping, stereographic and orthographic projections

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Online - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE each week
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Introductions to the module and topics
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for practical exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00online reading material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00Practical work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00PiP - Filed trip to Hartley Steps
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00reading around the subject to gain a broader understanding
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding will be taught in the online lectures and practicals. Field skills and observation will be taught on the field trips.

Stereonet 9 will be used to teach students to model geological structures

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Practical work book (max 10 pages) Three exercises relating to practical lessons and the field trip
Essay1M50Essay (max 1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay is used for student’s to show their knowledge and understanding of the core principles of structural geology in written form. The practical exercises test student’s ability to use 2D map and visualize the structures in 3D. The stereonet and orthographic projection exercises are to test the student’s ability to model and interpret 3-D structures.

The laboratory experiment and associated exercise facilitates reconstruction of larger-scale tectonic concepts in smaller-scale. The associated exercise tests students' ability to make observations in small-scale and upscale the findings. The field trip targets students' improvement on making field observations, recording them and interpret the findings as part of the practical work book.

Reading Lists

Timetable