Excursions and Practicals in Geology

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims to give a practical introduction to the subject of geology, based on the theoretical foundation included in the course GEOV101. The course provides an understanding of the earth as a complex system with elements, minerals, rocks as well as surface and deep processes that have acted to shape the earth and its landforms.

The course is comprised of practical exercises, an excursion (4 days) and a field course (4 days). The practical exercises cover the description and classification of most common minerals, rocks, fossils and sediments, as well as the reading/interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. The excursion treats subjects such sedimentary, magmatic and metamorphic geology, recording observations, the use of cross-cutting relations and inclusions to deduce a geologic history, glaciation- and climatic history and sea-level changes. The field course gives an introduction to practical collection of geological data and observations, field methods, use of fundamental geologic tools (compass, hammer, field notebook), interpretation of observations, as well as independent geologic fieldwork under supervision.

Learning Outcomes

The student can

  • explain geologic observations and interpretation from practical exercises, excursions and field course
  • explain key geological geological processes based on examples from practical exercises, excursions and field course
  • define, classify and describe the most common minerals, rocks and sediments
  • discuss the formation of the most common sediments and rocks
  • discuss a geologic history based on geologic information (for example reconstruct a sequence of events based on a geologic map or field observations).

The student can

  • interpret (read and explain) topographic and geologic maps
  • construct geologic cross-sections based on geologic maps
  • perform the collection of observations and data from outcrops
  • measure the orientation of geological planes/surfaces and lineations by the use of a compass clinometer
  • perform simple searches for relevant Earth Science literature, as well as cite sources correctly

General competence
The student can

  • use a precise geological language to describe and discuss geological processes and events
  • demonstrate the ability to function individually, in cooperation and ethically with others
  • accomplish fieldwork in alignment with GEO/UiB health and safety regylations
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEOV101 (can be read in parallel) or equivalent
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a program of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are: 4 hours written exam. Digital exam, please visit: www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
There will be organized a regular exam each semester. In semesters without teaching, the exam is organized in the early part of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no.
Course Administrator
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.