Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1285 - Introduction to Geology (2011)

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MODULE TITLEIntroduction to Geology CREDIT VALUE20
MODULE CODECSM1285 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
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An overview of the principal processes that have contributed to the geological evolution of earth and an introduction to the formation, classification and applied significance of minerals, rocks and geological structures.
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Weeks 1-2: Overview of module, Earth structure and plate tectonics Internal structure of Earth; introduction to minerals/rock groups and stratigraphy. Continental drift, sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics. Weeks 3-4. Sedimentology and surface processes: the description and classification of sedimentary rocks, physical properties of fluid flows resulting in sediment transport and deposition, major depositional environments; introduction to palaeontology and further examples of stratigraphy. Weeks 5-7. Igneous and metamorphic petrology: igneous activity at the present day; classification of igneous rocks, major processes responsible for common igneous phenomena; contact and regional metamorphism, processes and products. Weeks 8-9. Structural geology: the nature, classification and applied significance of structures formed during deformation of the lithosphere; controls on the rheology of geological materials; outcrop patterns of simple structures on geological maps.
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 20 ECTS VALUE 10
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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