Geodynamics and Earth History EARTH5012

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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.

Timetable

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

Assessment

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

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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.
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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.