GEO-DEEP9100 - Planetary Physics and Global Tectonics

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Course content

The course will give an introduction to the physics and tectonic processes that govern the properties and evolution of the Earth and other planets.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will obtain a fundamental knowledge of

  • how the Earth and planets in the Solar System form, and how this compares to other planetary systems.
  • planetary accretion and planetary evolution and how it is fundamental for describing the dynamics and properties of the Earth and planets.
  • accretion, differentiation and the planets’ heat budget.
  • planetary surfaces, the timing and patterns of (plate) tectonics.
  • how Earth’s figure, gravity field, rotation, mantle convection and tidal interaction modify and complicate the reconstructed movements on the planet’s surface.
  • how numerical modelling can be used for reconstructing planet’s structure and evolution.

Admission

Open to PhD candidates enrolled in the Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP).

Registration is done by filling out an online application form. The form will be available from 1 June 2018.

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting PhD status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is to be delivered together with the online application form.  DEEP can be contacted for questions. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

There is no upper limit of number of participants.

Teaching

The course is centered on a one week session (about 40 h) held in Oslo. This includes lectures and practical. Prior to the course week the students will receive course material and prepare for an obligatory presentation on a given topic. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course. Home examination occurs after the course week.

Obligatory activities:

  • Short presentation on a given topic
  • Home examination

Examination

Obligatory presentation on a given topic during the course week. The presentation must be evaluated as approved in order to take the final exam.

Home exam to be delivered up to one month after the course week and within the semester.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every other autumn starting 2016

Examination

Every other autumn starting 2016

Teaching language

English