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ES3007   Structural Geology and Tectonics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon Thu (lectures), 2.00 - 5.00 pm (practicals)

This module covers the principles of rock deformation and the tectonic processes that drive this deformation. The goals of this module are: a) the development of skills in the structural analysis of rock bodies to gain an understanding of the geometries, sequencing, and kinematics of deformational features; b) understanding of tectonic principles and controls on rock deformation and mountain building. You will learn how to quantitatively evaluate strain distribution, stress fields and the failure envelope, how to evaluate structures arising from polyphase deformation and how to use this use these skills for geotechnical engineering applications. The course includes two compulsory field trips.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES2001 and pass ES2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture (x 11 weeks), 7 x 3-hour practicals during the semester and fieldwork

Scheduled learning hours: 55

Guided independent study hours: 95

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%, No Re-assessment if Coursework mark is less than 4


Module teaching staff: Dr W McCarthy