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CSM1035 - Stratigraphy & Palaeontology (2011)

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MODULE TITLEStratigraphy & Palaeontology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1035 MODULE CONVENER John Macadam (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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The aim of this module is to introduce students to the evolution of life on Earth and the principles of stratigraphy, and the application of both stratigraphy and palaeontology in applied geoscience.
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The two strands (stratigraphy and palaeontology) of this introductory course run concurrently. For Stratigraphy Weeks 1-4 Principles of stratigraphy and the stratigraphical column; biostratigraphy; chronostratigraphy; lithostratigraphy and geological mapping. Weeks 5-6 Subsurface stratigraphy based upon geophysical techniques; chemostratigraphy; magnetostratigraphy; event stratigraphy and cyclic stratigraphy. Weeks 7-9 Stratigraphical evolution of the UK. For Palaeontology Weeks 1-2 Principles of palaeontology; evolutionary theory; early evolution of life on Earth. Weeks 3-4 Invertebrate macrofossils in the Palaeozoic; Palaeozoic and Mesozoic microfossils. Weeks 5-6 Mesozoic macrofossils. Weeks 7-9 Trace fossils; taphonomy and fossil preservation; palaeoclimates; mass extinctions. The palaeontology practicals broadly match the lectures so for weeks 1-4 specimens illustrating preservation and Palaeozoic macrofossils are available in the lab; for weeks 5-7 Mesozoic macrofossils are available, with weeks 7-9 illustrating trace fossils and other topics of interest.
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Coursework 0 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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