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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course covers all main aspects of structural geology and tectonics and entails 1 hour lectures and 3 hour practicals each week, together with a field excursion to relatively local geology. The significant practical component allows 'hands on' learning with worked examples being provided by staff. The field excursion allows students to directly apply skills and techniques that have been covered in preceding lectures and practicals. with worked examples then provided in follow-up sessions. The course covers a spectrum of brittle and ductile structures that are developed across a range of scales from microscopic to mountain belt.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ian Alsop

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • GL2511 Geophysics (Passed)
  • GL2014 Stratigraphical Principles (Passed)
  • One of Archaeology (AY) (Studied) or Geography (GG) (Studied) or Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • GL2015 Petrology & Mineralogy (Passed)
  • GL2510 An Introduction to Field Geology (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL3024 3d Geological Structure (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Interpretation of the surface geology of regions using geological maps and landforms using satellite and other remote sensing data. Cross-section construction. Introduction to the structural interpretation of seismic data. The main styles of deformation structures, faults, folds and distributed distortional strain and their analysis. 3D Structural analysis using stereographic projections. Simple kinematic approaches, relationship of deformation structures to tectonics and their importance for the structure of the crust and its sedimentary basins.

Associated Costs

There is a one-day field trip associated with this course.  Estimated cost is £15.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (30%); examination (two-hours) (70%). Resit: Two-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Multiple choice questions will be set at intervals during the course to provide both summative and formative feedback.


Laboratory-based exercises will be set and marked and retuurned to students withn two weeks of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes


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