Integrated tectonics and sedimentology field course

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims to give the students a broad understanding of the interaction of tectonics, basin evolution and sedimentation, both generally but also specifically in areas where contractional tectonics dominate. The course also aims to give a good understanding of contractional tectonics as well as source-to-sink concepts in different sedimentary systems.

The course gives a basic introduction to field geological methods in sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy in an area with excellent exposures. The methods are demonstrated for different tectonic regimes and sedimentary environments. The structural geological part focuses on fold- and thrust structures and strike-faults at small and large scale. Students work in groups with the task to describe and interpret rocks with regards to sedimentary processes, paleo-environment and structural style and history.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student can

  • explain the key anatomic features of a contractional orogen
  • construct graphs and diagrams to illustrate and visualize geological data
  • discuss the evolution of sedimentary basins
  • discuss the interaction of tectonics and sedimentation in sedimentary basins

The student can

  • collect structural and sedimentological data
  • summarize observations/data/principles graphically
  • recognise and discuss the connection between observations and geological processes
  • perform advanced searches for relevant Earth Science literature, as well as cite sources correctly
  • keep an accurate and tidy field notebook

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
  • acknowledge, evaluate and communicate the role of humans in, and our dependency and impact on, the Earth system

Semester of Instruction

Every second spring, even number years. This is a course with limited capacity.
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in geology or equivalent.
Grading Scale

Passed / failed. No grading.

Reading List
The reading list will be available within June 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
Course Administrator
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program