GEO4820 – Isotope geology
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The main aim of the course is to teach the principles of isotope systems and their use in dating rocks and tracing geological processes.
During the course you will:
- Learn the basics of isotope systematics and radioactive decay.
- Get insights in nucleosynthesis, extinct radionuclides and early processes in the solar system.
- Learn the principles and applications of radiogenic isotope systematics to study geological processes and date rock-forming events.
- Understand the main features of low-temperature geochronology.
- Get acquainted with the principles and applications of stable isotope systematics.
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Recommended previous knowledge
GEO4830 – Analytical methods in geochemistry, the courses can be followed in parallel
10 credits overlap with GEO9820 – Isotope geology (discontinued)
Lectures (6 hours / week for 10 weeks). Compulsory participation to exercises.
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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oral examination if 5 or less students, written examination if more than 6 students.
Language of examination
The examination is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.
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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.