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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.

Overlapping courses


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 (

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.

General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.


  • 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.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 1:12:45 PM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)