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    Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding structural geology, fault zones, shear zones and earthquake ruptures.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Topics in Structural Geology
    Subject Geology
    EFTS 0.0833
    Points 10 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $723.96
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    GEOL 430

    A student who has a background in field geology, mineralogy and petrology and some basic structural geology or tectonics.


    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator:  Professor Dave Prior

    Paper Structure
    • Lithospheric strength
    • Deformation processes on the microscale
    • Links of microscale deformation to lithosphere structure
    • Observations and models of fault zone structure
    • The seismic cycle - from creep to earthquakes

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    • Research-level understanding of state-of-the-art topics in structural geology and the links between those topics (Research, Interdisciplinary perspective)
    • A comprehensive understanding of the importance of structural geology in modern society, with particular emphasis on how structural geology can help our understanding of earthquake hazards and mineralisation (Global perspective)
    • A comprehensive understanding of the structure of fault zones, how fault zone structure varies in different rock types, and the implications this has for earthquake rupture phenomenon (Research, Interdisciplinary perspective)
    • A comprehensive understanding of how field-based, experimental and mathematical techniques can be used to address and solve research-level problems in structural geology (Interdisciplinary perspective)
    • An ability to work effectively in a team to deliver high-quality presentations (Teamwork)


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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