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2008/09 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5720M Analysis of Fault and Fold Systems

10 creditsClass Size: 31

Module manager: Douglas Paton

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normal entry for the MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics or passes in all year 2 modules for UG programmes

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3450Structural Geology

Module replaces

EARS5136M (in part)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- use a suite of data sets, including reflection seismic, well data and outcrop data to analyse a variety of structural styles,
- understand the development of structures in different tectonics setting and scales,
- apply appropriate structural models to evaluate the spatial and temporal evolution of folds and fault arrays,
- develop and apply strategies, including section generation and restorations techniques, to validate structural interpretations,
- compare and contrast the understanding of fold development from a geometric and geomechanical standpoint.


FCourse introduction; geometric and geomechanical analysis of folds; expression of folds and faults in reflection seismic; relationship between folds and faults; section construction and restorations; spatial and temporal variations in 3D fault evolution; fault populations; inversion tectonics; salt tectonics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Pre and post class reading and evaluation of prescribed current literature; summarising and completing practical exercises.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback in practical classes and coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentIncluding interpretation exercise and poster presentation)25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/03/2009


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