UCL Module Catalogue


Surface Processes and Structures (GEOL0010)

Key information

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value
GEOL0015 Maps, Images and Structures is a prerequisite for GEOL0010 Surface Processes and Structures. This module usually takes place in the Easter vacation.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


This module is field-based and usually takes place during the Easter vacation.

This course aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of:

• sediment transport / deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments, both in siliciclastic and carbonate systems;

• recognition of a range of fossils and trace fossils;
• measurement and interpretation of sedimentary and structural features;

• construction of sedimentary logs at a bed scale, and at a mapping scale;
• stratigraphic context in an Alpine orogenic belt.

By the end of this module students will gain:


• an understanding of many 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 analysis as tool to help understand sedimentary environments;

• ability to measure and interpret various sedimentary and structural features.


GEOL0015 Maps, Images and Structures is a prerequisite for GEOL0010 Surface Processes and Structures.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Delivery includes
Field Trips
Methods of assessment
100% Seven assessed exercises (10% each) plus notebooks
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Professor Kevin Pickering
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.