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Course Overview

This course explores how Earth’s life, environments and climate have changed through the history of the planet, from its origins until the Recent past. This exciting story, including for example Earth-covering “snowball” glaciations, mass extinctions, and the origins of life on land, is unravelled by looking at fossils, sedimentary rocks and their chemical signals, learning and applying the fundamental methods and principles required to determine sequences of events in Earth's history (stratigraphy).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alexander Brasier

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Course Description

• understanding of major fossil groups through time
• climatic and environmental changes through Earth history
• relative timing of geological events from geological maps
• acquiring and applying knowledge of basic principles of stratigraphy and facies analysis

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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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

Essay (40%)

2x Online Tests (20% each)

Map Exercise (20%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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