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Geodynamics and Earth History EARTH5012

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

An integrated geological view of major Earth processes including field studies of orogen and sedimentary basin development in an active tectonic setting.


12-day residential overseas field class. Fortnightly 2 hour seminars throughout Semesters 1 and 2.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Level 3 Geology courses at a mean of B3.

Excluded Courses

EARTH4016 - Major Earth Processes

EARTH4020 - Orogens and Basins


Exam based on seminar discussion sessions (50%)

Portfolio of field-based activities, including practical skills and essay (50%) 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

To provide an integrated geological view of the interactions between major Earth processes including orogenesis, subduction, extension, mantle processes, ocean geochemistry, palaeoclimates, and the development of life.
To p
rovide a forum for enhancing cross-disciplinary thinking and discussion based on recent published literature and field observation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ integrate a range of geological evidence from published sources and critically evaluate its significance.

■ present reasoned arguments concerning current debates in Earth Science.

■ assemble field observations and interpretations to synthesise the temporal and spatial evolution of an active orogenic belt and its associated sedimentary basins.

■ debate the importance of local and regional scale observations and appraise their global significance.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.