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Unit information: Geology for Research Palaeobiologists in 2015/16

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Unit name Geology for Research Palaeobiologists
Unit code EASCM0037
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Benton
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


Introduction to geology; geological time; earth history (including history of oceans, atmospheres, and climates, and incorporating basic stratigraphic methods, sedimentary facies analysis, sedimentary geochemistry); sedimentology (petrology of sedimentary rocks, facies interpretation, environmental reconstruction) and geological maps.

Intended learning outcomes

Thorough grounding in the basics of geology, especially as concerns earth history and sedimentology. Confidence in basic laboratory methods in earth sciences (geological map interpretation, sedimentary log interpretation, petrological microscope description and interpretation of sedimentary rocks and fabrics).

Teaching details

Lectures and practicals

Assessment Details

The unit will be assessed on the basis of weekly practical work and written reports (50%) as well as a class exam (50%).

Reading and References

  • Benton, M. J. and Harper, D. A. T. (2009) Introduction to Paleobiology and the fossil record. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Briggs, D. E. G. and Crowther, P. R. (2001) Palaeobiology II. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Foote, M. & Miller, A. I. (2006) Principles of paleontology. W.H. Freeman, San Francisco.
  • Stanley, S. M. (2004) Earth system history, 2nd edition. W.H. Freeman, San Francisco.