ESC-10074 - Earth Structure
Coordinator: Ian Stimpson Room: WSF01 Tel: +44 1782 7 33182
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

In this module you will learn about geological structures, materials and processes ranging in scale from smaller than individual atoms to larger than planets. Lectures introduce the Earth as a planet, the geology of the Earth's Moon, the terrestrial planets and the moons of the gas giant planets in our solar system. They also introduce geological processes such as plate tectonics and how these processes relate to geological structures. Practical workshops and a field course place emphasis on the development of essential geological skills, including the writing of geological technical reports and the accurate description and classification of geological structures, as well as their recognition and recording on geological maps.

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the formation and internal structure of the Earth and other planets/moons in our solar system as determined using geophysics and remote sensing, how to write geological technical reports, and in the terminology, mapping and classification of geological structures and how they relate to plate tectonic processes.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe the internal structure and composition of the Earth, Moon, terrestrial planets and moons of the gas giant planets of our solar system, and the geophysical and remote sensing evidence: 2
describe the paradigm of plate tectonics and its role in the geological evolution of the Earth: 2
describe and classify geological structures, recognise their expression on geological maps and explain their relationship to plate tectonics: 1,2
measure and record field geological information, synthesise with existing geological literature and write a report in a geological industry format: 1

Study hours

62 hours scheduled synchronous class activity
(22 lecture; 33 workshop; 7 field)
88 hours independent study
(22 research and completion of report; 22 revision for class test; 20 writing up lecture notes; 22 background reading, 2 flexible class test)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 40%
Geological Report
A 1200-word geological technical report on the geology of a particular site, including data collected in the field, geological maps compiled from that data and incorporating a synthesis from the published geological literature.

2: Class Test weighted 60%
Flexible Class Test
Online flexible class test, with multiple choice type answers, based on lecture and practical content. Self-chosen two-hour window for completion during assessment week.