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Module

GEO3110 : Tectonic Geomorphology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anne-Sophie Meriaux
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Tectonic geomorphology is the study of the interplay between tectonic and surface processes that shape the landscape in regions of active deformation. Recent advances in the quantification of rates, physical basis of tectonic and surface processes have rejuvenated the field of tectonic geomorphology. Modern tectonic geomorphology is an exciting and highly integrative field, which utilizes techniques and data derived from studies of geomorphology, seismology, paleoseismology, geochronology, structural geology, geodesy, and Quaternary climate change. This module will provide the basis to understand this active research field.

Outline Of Syllabus

I)       Active tectonics on Earth:
Introduction to plate tectonic theory.
Constructive & Destructive & Conservative Plate Margins: An introduction to rifting, sea-floor spreading, subduction and transform fault zones.
II)       Geodynamics and plate kinematics.
III)       Introduction to rock deformation, Stress & strain
IV)       Collision Tectonics and Orogeny.
V)       Tectonic Geomorphology:
Geomorphologic response to active faulting
Impact of erosion, sedimentation and climate on active faulting
VI)       Chronological Techniques:
Space and field-based techniques for the identification and evaluation of Quaternary deformation
VII)       Morphochronology (the dating of Quaternary landforms).

Application of GIS techniques and Matlab coding in Active tectonics

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 materials181:0018:00Pre-recorded lectures, asynchronous lectures.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities52:0010:00GIS practical guided learning, again in Computer cluster if possible
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Synchronous online teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous on-line teaching
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1135:00135:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Lectures provide an introduction and illustration of the key processes driving global plate tectonics and an understanding of their importance in landscape development, both at the present day and at a variety of timescales during the Cenozoic (last 60 million years).
•       Practicals allow the student to have a hand-on understanding of the concepts presented in the lectures. They will also prepare for the examination.
•       Seminars allow the student to (i) engage with research in Tectonic Geomorphology (ii) consolidate their understanding of the key concepts introduced in the lectures; (ii) practice the critical evaluation of complex arguments.

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
Report2M60Hand in following the last 3-hour practical. 2,500 words.
Portfolio2M40GIS and Matlab portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report requires the student to present their understanding of tectonic geomorphology problems, and to provide critical evaluation of competing arguments while producing informative figures to present the geography and geomorphology of the studied area and consolidate the argumentation (60% mark, 2,500 words).

GIS & Matlab practicals are undertaken to test the student’s ability to manipulate GIS data and create informative maps and figures in a region of active tectonics in a portfolio. This assessment will contribute to 40% of the final mark.

Reading Lists

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