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SOEE5626M Structural Geology

15 creditsClass Size: 5

Module manager: Dr Geoffrey Lloyd

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Levels 1 - 3


SOEE2050Deformation Processes

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3450Structural Geology
SOEE5720MFault and Fold Systems

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is designed to provide a view of current &/or ‘hot’ topics in modern structural geology, over a range of scales from microscopic to continental, based on the current research interests of the module presenters. Structural geology is a vibrant research area that impacts crucially on academic & economic careers & also links with most other branches of Earth Sciences.


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- understand the development of structures in different tectonics settings and scales,
- apply appropriate structural models to evaluate the spatial and temporal evolution of folds and fault arrays,
- integrate structural and geophysical data and interpretations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. understand how structures form in different tectonic settings & scales
2. combine a range of skills to understand regional-scale structural histories
3. relate structural geological expertise to other branches of Earth Sciences and beyond, including future academic/industrial career opportunities


- Deformation regimes (contractional, extensional and transpressional/transtensional);
- Microtectonics;
- Geodynamics (lithospheric stress states, including rheology).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours99.00
Total Contact hours51.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

3 independent assessments involve private/independent study/work. 2 assessments are the same as the Level 3 module & include practical classes. The third assessment is at M Level and is independent.
Reading of recommended literature (weekly)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly feedback in practical classes and on submitted coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical3 x practical class exercises (33% each): 1 x ‘Geology-style’ report; 1 x A0 conference-style poster; and 1 x 5000 words research project report100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The assessment for this module comprises three in-class assessments. If the overall mark is a fail, re-assessment will comprise a 3 hrs examination during the re-sit period.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:50


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