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GEOL430 Structural Geology and Tectonics

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400-level geology course information

GEOL430 students each year conduct an experiment in structural Geology and results from previous years can be found on this website:

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Advanced structural geology, including microstructural, experimental, modelling and field (geology and geophysics) approaches to address geometry, kinematics and dynamics. Application of structural and other data to understanding large-scale tectonics.

The paper addresses some current concepts in structural geology and tectonics. Teaching is in a tutorial format and is based around reading of scientific papers together with some data gathering (field and laboratory) and some experiments.

Paper title Structural Geology and Tectonics
Paper code GEOL430
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Not all 400-level GEOL papers will be available in any one year. Decisions will be based on enrolment numbers and will be discussed with students at the start of the academic year.
Paper Structure
The paper varies from year to year depending on student interests and staff research directions. Typically the paper includes research on ductile deformation, brittle deformation, faults and shear zones and lithosphere tectonics. Assessment includes a group exercise in structural geology (addressing a particular problem) and individual posters on tectonics issues.
Course outline
GEOL430-Structural-Geology-Tectonics-syllabus-2017.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)
A student who has a background in field geology, mineralogy and petrology and some basic structural geology or tectonics.
Teaching Arrangements
One day field trip near to Dunedin.
Teaching staff
Professor David Prior
Dr Steven Smith
Dr James Scott
Dr Virginia Toy
Text books 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 will gain advanced knowledge of structural geology, including microstructural, experimental, modelling and field approaches to address geometry, kinematics and dynamics.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
M1 Monday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41