GEO9630 – Geodynamics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
This course will provide fundamental analytical descriptions of the physical processes acting in and on the solid parts of a planet. It will provide an understanding of planetary structure and formation as well as the constitutive properties that govern tectonic and planetary deformation, and the thermal evolution of the Earth.
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
- describe the planetary formation and the thermal evolution of the Earth and planets.
- derive the structure of the Earth and its gravitational and magnetic fields.
- relate the rheology of the Earth’s materials to patterns of plate and mantle deformation, including convection.
- conceptionally and analytically describe mantle plumes, plate tectonics, and subduction zones.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus / MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra / FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics or comparable courses are an advantage.
It is recommended that students have knowledge equivalent of a bachelor in earth sciences or other physical/mathematical sciences.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO4630 – Geodynamics.
Lectures and seminars including exercises, 6 hours per week throughout the semester. Up to three mandatory exercises which must be approved before you can take the final examination.
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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (email@example.com).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- Up to 4 mandatory exercises/presentations must be approved before sitting the final written examination of the course.
- Final written exam (3 hours) counts for 100%.
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
No examination support material is allowed.
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.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.