Geology

CSM2182 - Structural Geology and Tectonics (2019)

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MODULE TITLEStructural Geology and Tectonics CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM2182 MODULE CONVENERDr Robin Shail (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 30
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In studying Structural Geology and Tectonics you will gain an understanding of why rocks deform and skills in the acquisition and interpretation of structural geological data. All rock masses contain geological structures and they are an important control on resource and engineering geology as well as providing an insight into regional tectonic evolution. The module is compulsory for students on the geology degree programmes and possible for others who have completed modules CSM1030, CSM1034 and CSM1036. Teaching comprises a mixture of lectures and practical classes plus skills-orientated field classes based upon the Upper Palaeozoic tectonic evolution of south Cornwall.

AIMS - intentions of the module

An overview of the causes and mechanisms of tectonic deformation within the lithosphere and the recognition, nomenclature, formation, representation and analysis of the principal types of geological structure and their implications for applied earth science and earth resources engineering.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Recognise, classify, measure, record and analyse geological structures at a variety of scales and represent them in field note books and upon geological maps, sections and stereograms;

2 An understanding of stress and its origins within the lithosphere;

3 An understanding of strain as it relates to naturally occurring deformation;

4 An understanding of the controls upon the rheology of geological materials and the deformation mechanisms that accommodate strain on a grain and lattice scale;

5 An appreciation of the relationship(s) between the geometry of small-scale geological structures, kinematics and larger-scale tectonic regimes;

6 An overview of the roles of tectonic processes and geological structures in applied earth science and earth resource engineering;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7 The ability to synthesise data from different sources, scales and sub-disciplines into coherent models of the (structural geological and tectonic) processes affecting the lithosphere;

8 A knowledge of how these (structural geological and tectonic) processes might influence resource, engineering and environmental geoscience;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

9 An ability to select appropriate data from a range of sources and develop research strategies;

10 An ability to manage learning using resources for the discipline; an ability to develop working relationships of a professional nature within the discipline;

11 An ability to identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools/methods for their resolution in a considered manner.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Term 1:

- Data collection/representation;

- Stress;

- Deformation;

- Rheology;

- Deformation mechanisms;

Term 2:

- Global tectonics;

- Fractures;

- Faults and faulting;

- Brittle-ductile and ductile shear zones;

- Folds and folding.

Fieldclasses:

The Upper Palaeozoic rocks of south Cornwall provide an excellent series of case studies for collecting structural geological data and learning how these may be synthesised, with other data sets, into tectonic models. Fieldclasses have the following themes:

- Structures developed during polyphase deformation (convergence and extensional reactivation) in very low-grade regionally metamorphosed sedimentary rocks;

- Convergent margin sedimentation and structures.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 100.00 Guided Independent Study 200.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 30 Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 40 Practicals
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 30 Field Classes
Guided Independent Study 200 Private Study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not Applicable      

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 20
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 1 (January) 25 1 hour 1-4, 7-8 Verbal, from Tutor
Examination 2 (May) 25 1 hour 1, 5-8 Verbal, from Tutor
Term 1 Assignment 15 6 A4 pages 1-4, 9-11 Written
Term 2 Assignment 15 6 A4 pages 1, 5-6, 9-11 Written
Term 2 - 1 Day Field-Based Assessment 20 6 hours - 8 sides A4 data notes and interpretation 1, 5, 7 Written

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative Assessment Additional Assessment As Above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional Examination As Above August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of Coursework (30%), and/or one Exam 1 (25%) and/or Exam 2, and/or Practical Examination (field-based assessment), (20%).

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Web based and electronic resources:

ELE - http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Haakon Fossen Structural Geology e-modules - https://folk.uib.no/nglhe/StructuralGeoBookEmodules2ndEd.html

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Lisle, R.J. & Leyshon, P.R. Stereographic Projection Techniques for Geologists and Civil Engineers 2nd Cambridge University Press 2004 [Library]
Set Passchier, C.W. & Trouw, R.A.J. Microtectonics 2nd Berlin 2005 [Library]
Set Fossen, H. Structural Geology 2nd Cambridge University Press 2016 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1030, CSM1034, CSM1036
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 23 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Structural Geology; Tectonics