Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand how plate motions control large-scale structures on the Earth's surface.
- Be aware of the impact of active tectonic processes on sedimentary processes, on natural hazards and on resource exploration.
- Be familiar with current research areas and specific examples in the topics covered.
- Be able to combine interpretation of a range of datasets with theoretical ideas from throughout your degree programme to understand different tectonic settings.
Lectures will cover the current understanding of processes and features in different active tectonic settings e.g. convergent margins (subduction zones to collisional mountain belts), transform margins, and continental rifts to passive rifted margins, how they have formed, the dynamic processes involved, the types of data used to explore these regions both onshore and offshore, their influence on sediment transport, deposition and cycling, the role of fluids (including gas hydrates) and the importance/relevance of these processes to society.
The emphasis will be on current research in the areas of marine geophysics and geology, ocean drilling, remote sensing and the dynamics of the active tectonic processes involved. Laboratory exercises will introduce some of these techniques, providing the opportunity to analyse actual datasets from regions of current research interest.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal Lectures (24 x 45 minute lectures): will firstly introduce the tectonic processes involved and their importance to society. Subsequent lectures will cover the different tectonic settings from continental margins (convergent, transform, passive) through to mountain building, techniques used to understand processes and evolution, the importance of fluids, the evolution of fault systems, and the ongoing sedimentary processes interacting with tectonics at these locations. In all areas, cutting edge research will be emphasised with contributing staff drawing on their own considerable research expertise.
Practical sessions (9 practicals): will exemplify theory covered during formal lectures and allow you to develop particular skills of relevance to the fields of tectonics, geophysics and stratigraphy. Seismic interpretation, the meaning of earthquake patterns, cyclical processes within convergent margins, remote sensing techniques and analysis of cores and sediment physical properties will be emphasised. Some practical sessions will involve the use of ArcGIS for data analysis.
Tutorial Support: Support will be available during practical classes.
A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Practical classes and workshops||27|
|Total study time||150|
Theory examination 70%: A 2 hour written examination. There will be two sections. Answer two question from a choice of four in the first section and one compulsory question based mainly on the lab work in the secound section. Tests all learning outcomes.
Essay (30%): A 1800 word essay on one of the research topics covered by the course in the style of a scientific journal paper with appropriate referenced source material. Tests Learning Outcomes LO1, LO2 & LO3.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External