ESC-10074 - Earth Structure
Coordinator: Ian G 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 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

The module provides an introduction to the formation and structure of the Earth, the paradigm of plate tectonics and the resulting geological structures. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the internal structure of the Earth as determined using solid Earth geophysics, and 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, and the geophysical and geochemical evidence for this;: 1,2
describe the paradigm of plate tectonics and its role in the geological evolution of the Earth;: 1,2
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.: 2

Study hours

20 hrs Lecture / Lecture equivalent
20 hrs Practical
8 hrs Fieldwork
102 Independent Study Hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Multiple Choice Questions - Knowledge weighted 50%
Multiple Choice Quizzes
Two multiple choice quizzes taken online via the KLE, equally weighted, each of 30-45 minutes duration based on the lecture / lecture equivalent content.

2: Portfolio weighted 50%
Electronic worksheets from practical classes and field class
Completion of electronic worksheets from practical and field sessions (short answers, results of calculations, brief interpretation of results, geological maps etc. undertaken during practical/field classes), approximately weekly