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.

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

Course content

The course provides an overview of the Earth´s tectonic evolution in the context of plate tectonics. The first part of the course consists of lectures giving a systematic description of geological processes and the Wilson cycle, which include formation of continental rifts and margins, oceanic spreading, transforms faults, subduction and island arcs, as well as continental collision and formation of mountain belts. The tectonic processes typical of the various stages of the Wilson cycle, and their significance for basin formation, deformation, metamorphism and generation of magma will be in focus in this part of the course. The second part of the course concentrates on large-scale plate motions, paleogeography and the link between plate tectonics and the Earth´s interior. The course includes one week obligatory field teaching where many of the phenomenon discussed in the lectures are presented.

Learning outcome

The course aims to provide state-of-the-art knowledge on the geology of various plate tectonic environments and regions. Methods of plate reconstructions are taught and the field teaching will provide first-hand experience with many rock units formed in different tectonic environments.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

This is a course at an advanced level and it is recommended that students have a knowledge equivalent of a bachelor in earth- or other topics in physics/mathematics. The course fits well with other advanced geology and geophysics courses, including GEO4620 – Seismic Waves and Seismology.

Overlapping courses


3 hours lectures and seminars/exercises pr. week. Seminar presentations by students. Field teaching days.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

To attend the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the field trip/excursion.

General information about excursions at the Department of geosciences.

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.

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Obligatory term paper and presentation counts 1/3.
  • Reports from field teaching counts 1/3.
  • Final written exam (3 hours) counts 1/3.
  • All parts must be passed individually in order to pass the course.

The final exam may be held as an oral examination in years with few registered students.

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. 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: GEO9840 – Tectonics

Examination support material

Any printed materials and an approved calculator.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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) Sep. 30, 2020 8:12:45 AM

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