GEOL1001 - Historical Geology and Paleontology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 70/100
Approved exercises 30/100 D
School exam 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course gives an overview of the development of the Earth and evolution of life forms, from the Precambrian to the present. Principles of chronostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy are presented. There is an introduction to the history of animal and plant evolution. Focus is on the systematics of the main fossil groups and their stratigraphical and time distribution. The palaeogeographical development of the continents and the development of the sedimentary successions on Norwegian land, and on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with Svalbard are presented.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE Students will acquire basic knowledge about the geological history of the Earth and its life, and the principles and research methods used to achieve this understanding.

SKILLS Students will be able to understand the Earth and its life history. They will also be capable of using nomenclature for naming of geological units. Students will be familiar with the Norwegian sedimentary layer (Oslo Field, Svalbard and The Continental Shelf). Students will learn basic skills about different fossil groups and their use in geological interpretations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, mandatory lab exercises and a field trip. Field work may be scheduled for a weekend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field trip
  • exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (70%) and a fossil exam (exercise, 30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. 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.

Course materials

Information on textbooks and lecture notes will be given at the first class meeting.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNGGEOL101 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved exercises 30/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 70/100 2021-11-30
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 70/100 D 2022-05-23 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved exercises 30/100 D INSPERA
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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