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KL107Z: THE DYNAMIC PLANET (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Geologists look at the age of the Earth in terms of Millions of years.  They have, over time, had to devise a timescale that allows all geologists to sequence events in the same order as each other.  The geological timescale itself is controlled by geological principles, from relative dating, where ages are determined by whether events are prior to, or after another event, to absolute dating, where the ages of events are determined by numerical years. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

The geological timescale Relative dating and Uniformitarianism Sedimentary deposits and way up Sequence deposits and way up Sequence and bio-stratigraphy Palaeontology Geohazards Absolute dating Topography The interior of the Earth P and S waves Plate tectonics and the Wilson cycle

Further Information & Notes

This course is designed to show the methods used to place events in their relative orders, and the techniques for dating the events numerically.  The course also aims to develop an understanding in students that the Earth is a dynamic system and these geological events are still occurring today. 

This course is available in both the first half session and through the Summer

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1st Attempt: 100% continuous assessment (continuous assessment (50%)and end of course assessment (50%)). Resit: 1 paper equivalent to end of course assessment (100%).

Formative Assessment

Tutorial style chat sessions delivered weekly.


Weekly chat sessions will allow feedback through the duration of the course.

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