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GEOL0010 Surface Processes & Structures

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the sediment transport and deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments.  It covers the measurement and interpretation of tectonic structures, and sequence stratigraphic context of above. 

Coordinator: Prof. Kevin Pickering

Module details
TitleSurface Processes & Structures 
UG CodeGEOL0010
CoordinatorProf. Kevin Pickering
Other Contributors 
Term2
Credit15 credits
Written Exam 
CourseworkField notebooks 100%
Pre-RequisitesGEOL0006 Surface Processes; GEOL0015 Maps, Images & Structures
Maths & Stats Content and RequirementStudents should be familiar with algebraic manipulation, graphical representation of data (including logarithmic scales) and simple calculus. They should be able to use Microsoft Excel for data analysis (including some basic statistics, i.e., mean, mode, standard deviation).
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes10 hours
Hours of TutorialsAs needed.
Days of Fieldwork10 days
Other 
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content

The course is designed to provide Second Year students with an understanding of:

  • Sedimentary processes and deposits.
  • Palaeobiological aspects of stratigraphy.
  • Sequence stratigraphy
  • Structural geology.
  • Tectonics and sedimentation.

AIMS

To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of:

  • sediment transport / deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments;
  • measurement and interpretation of tectonic structures, and
  • sequence stratigraphic context of above.

OUTCOMES

Students will gain:

  • an understanding of sedimentary rocks;
  • a basic understanding of simple fluid dynamics applied to sediment transport/deposition processes;
  • an understanding of process-based aspects of selected modern and ancient sedimentary environments, variability and criteria for recognition;
  • an introduction to the concept of sequence stratigraphy as tool to help understand the temporal/spatial variability of sediments and sedimentary environments;
  • ability to measure and interpret various structures, including kinematic indicators in relation to the development of a mountain belt.