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Field Course in Petrology and Geochemistry

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV343
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Semester of Instruction

Autumn, even number years.

Objectives and Content

The field course aims to familiarise students with igneous and volcanic processes and products. For this purpose the course can be organised with alternative emphases in different areas in order to give the most relevant study opportunities. Examples are the study of 1) gneisses, ophiolites (ancient oceanic crust) and mafic to felsic intrusions in West Norway, or 2) modern volcanism and tectonic activity (for instance on Iceland, the Canary Islands or elsewhere). The field course will be based on introductory lectures and seminars.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course GEOV343 a student should be able to:

- Explain the relationship between volcanic processes and different types of lava flows and pyroclastic rocks

- Interpret the igneous and geochemical evolution in relation to basic petrological processes and plate-tectonic framework

- Interpret the structures in intrusive and volcanic rocks in relation to physical and chemical processes

- Summarize and report clearly the geological evolution in a particular area both orally and in written form

- Make independent observations in the field, process and report field data and be able to construct rational interpretations

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor in earth science

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in practicals and field course. Approved compulsory activities are valid in the current semester

Forms of Assessment

Written report. It is only possible to register for examination and submit report in semesters of instruction.

Grading Scale

Passed/ failed. No grading.

Assessment Semester

Spring, even numbered years. It is only possible to register for examination and submit their report in semesters of instruction.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Participation and report

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2017