GB8201 - Tectonics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 70/100 1 hours E
Written assignment 30/100

Course content

The subject gives an overview of geological processes that are at work in the Earth´s principal tectonic environments, such as rifts, rifted margins, oceanic crust and ridges, and mountain belts, and how the interplay between these processes create the geological systems we can observe at the Earth´s surface, in the oceans, and in the subsurface. The subject provides an overview of the most important tectonic frameworks and demonstrates how knowledge and methodologies from several geodisciplines such as structural geology, sedimentology, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, and geochronology must be integrated in order to understand them. Each student will be assigned a special topic that they will present in a seminar containing an oral presentation and group discussion.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The candidates can explain the most important tectonic regimes on Earth, the geological processes that operate in these regimes and the most common methods used in the mapping and understanding of these processes. Each candidate will acquire in-depth knowledge in one particular topic.

Skills: The candidates are able to identify the tectonic régime responsible for a set of geological or geophysical observations and put these into a regional framework. The candidate can address, present and discuss complex relationships inside his or her special topic.

General competence: The candidate can place local observations into a regional context, evaluate the different data types and methods used to understand the regional geology and discuss the interaction between tectonic and other geological processes that have contributed to the shaping of the geology of a region. 

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, written assignments, seminars, field trips. All in English language.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation
  • Field work
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

To pass the course, all exercises must be approved. Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (70%) and evaluation of a compulsory assignment (30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio grade is assigned as pass/fail. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

TGB4150 Structural geology, Introductory course and at least one introductory or advanced course in petrology and/or sedimentology and/or geophysics.

Course materials

Course materials: Selected literature from textbooks and articles from international journals. All in English language.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIG1970 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 70/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written assignment 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 70/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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