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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2050 Deformation Processes

10 creditsClass Size: 117

Module manager: Dr Geoffrey Lloyd

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- develop an understanding of the ways in which the continental lithosphere can deform
- link scales of structure from the field, outcrops, hand-specimen and thin-section by integrating analytical techniques with practical examples.
- prepare for field-based project work through laboratory and field exercises.

Students MUST pass both the examination AND the fieldwork poster in order to pass the module overall. Students who fail the module must resit either the examination or fieldwork poster or both depending on which component(s) they failed on first attempt.


- Theoretical and meso-to- micro scale analysis of structures developed through a linked series of lectures and practicals;
- practical 2D strain analysis;
- 3D strain concepts;
- incremental strain, kinematics and polyphase deformations;
- fold construction and classes;
- fault and shear zone evolution;
- fault-shear zone rock microstructures;
- integrated practicals; field applications.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours54.00
Total Contact hours46.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 54 hours private study: VLE MCQ
- lecture/practical synthesis or reading
- field synthesis.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Via in-class test and VLE MCQ
- Also informal and summative feedback on integrated field course.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
FieldworkAssessed fieldwork (map, notebooks, individual poster)40.00
In-course MCQVLE Weekly MCQ (GEL Component)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Students who fail the module must re-sit either the examination or fieldwork poster or both depending on which component(s) they failed on first attempt.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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: 16/02/2021 08:44:11


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