CEG2603 : Structural Geology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Short report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Practical work book
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Unseen written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Geological cross sections and reconstructions. Principle stress and Mohr circles calculations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Field trip to examine geological structures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:3044:30reading around the subject to gain a broader understanding
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding will be taught in the 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M35Practical work book (max 10 pages) Three exercises relating to practical lessons and the fieldtrip.
Practical/lab report1M15Short report: Up to two exercises relating to practical lessons
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is to test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the core principles of structural geology. The mapping exercise 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.

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