GEO2130 – Structural Geology
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course provides an introduction to how rocks are deformed and how rock deformation is observed in nature. This can be used to understand the deformation history of an area and place it within a tectonic framework. The course examines different brittle and plastic deformation structures (joints, faults, folds, shear zones) and includes geometrical description and classification of these structures, a review of materiel properties, reology, deformation mechanisms and different analyses within structural geology.
After taking this course you will be able to:
- describe and understand the formation of different deformation structures
- carry out a structural geological analysis with the help of geological maps and profiles, including obseravtions in the field
- understand deformation mechanisms at micro- and macro-scales
- understand the role of temperature, stress, deformation rate and presence of fluid in the deformation of rocks and minerals
You will be able to describe and interpret different deformation structures, including:
- use structural structural field data in geometrical and kinematic analyses
- present and interpret structural observations with the help of stereonets
- interpret the geological history of an area based on a set of observations
- determine and evaluate material properties
- apply structural geology data in an engineering geology context
Admission to the course
Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these.
Recommended previous knowledge
- GEO1100 – Evolution of the Earth
- GEO1110 – Earth Processes
- GEO2120 – Sedimentology
- or equal previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with GEL2130 – Structural geology (continued).
Lectures and compulsory lab exercises throughout the semester. At least 90% of the lab exercises must be approved before taking the final written examination.
There are 6 compulsory one-day field excursions. A combined field report from these has to be approved and counts for 30% of the final marks.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
- At least 90% of the lab exercises must be approved before the final examination can be taken.
- The field report must be passed before going up to the final examination and counts for 30%.
- The final written examination (3 hours) counts for 70%.
- Both the field report and the final examination must be passed individually before the student can be awarded a final grade in the course.
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.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
Examination support material
Approved calculator, compass (drawing tool), protractor, drawing pin.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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.