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CEG3707 : Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Clarke
  • Other Staff: Professor Zhenhong Li
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to a range of active research areas in geoscience, which benefit from the application of geodetic deformation monitoring techniques.

This module introduces students to a range of active research areas in the physical Earth sciences in which geodetic measurement techniques provide valuable constraints on the behaviour of Earth systems. Students will learn about the physical phenomena, the measurement problems, and the manner in which these two interact. The course will concentrate on those areas which are the topics of current research at Newcastle.

Outline Of Syllabus

Plate motions - earthquakes, strain and seismic hazard - ice sheets, glaciers and global deformation - the global water cycle and sea level change - landslide and volcano monitoring.

01: Plate Motions
02: Earthquake Deformation and Seismic Hazard
03: Sea Level Change

01: Case Study

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Assessment prep for the practicals.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Assessed Practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Core material is primarily delivered through lectures, supplemented by extensive directed reading from the research literature. Deeper knowledge in an area of the student's choice (from a limited range of options in any one year) will be obtained during an extended essay project requiring further self-directed literature review. Analysis skills will be developed in computer-based practical sessions closely linked with the lecture material.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M15Approx 1000 - 1500 words.
Practical/lab report2M15x 3 Assessed Practicals (satisfactory completion of final report x 200 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practical write-ups will demonstrate the student's ability to apply suitable analysis techniques and geophysical models. A written exam will cover the knowledge and synthesis of the lecture material and directed reading. The extended essay will test research and literature review skills, and deeper knowledge in the chosen topic.

Reading Lists