TGB4100 - Geology, Introduction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Earth's structure, minerals, and rocks. Formation and deformation of rocks and continents. Igneous and metamorphic processes, plate tectonics, minerals, weathering, sedimentation, stratigraphy, geologic time. Exercises in identification of minerals, rocks, thin section photos, and fossils. Interpretation of geological maps and sections. Three 8-hour field trips involving observation, interpretation, and mapping in Gauldalen, Tautra, and Agdenes.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: The goal of the course is to develop knowledge about Earth's structure, minerals, and rocks; formation and deformation of rocks and continents through plate tectonics; igneous and metamorphic processes, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, stratigraphy, Earth's development through geologic time. After passing the course, the student will have the necessary basis for advanced and more applied courses within geology.

SKILLS: Among skills, the students willl be able to identify about 100 different minerals, rocks and fossils. They will develop understanding of geologic processes. They will understand that many facts in geology are interpretations that are subject to discussion.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory field trips, two compulsory midway assessments. Field work may be scheduled for a weekend. The course is evaluated by anonymous feedback during and after the teaching period.

Compulsory assignments

  • Midway assessment
  • Midway assessment
  • Field excursions

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

The course is primarily intended for the study programs Geology bachelor (BGEOL), Georesources and Geotechnology (MTGEORT), Engineering Geology (MTINGGEO), Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO), Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (MTPETR), and Geography bachelor (BGEOG). Students in other programs can apply to the department ( for admittance.

Course materials

EENS1110-Lecture Notes by Stephen A. Nelson. Bergarter og mineraler by Erik Schou Jensen. Various maps and items from internet, including

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0501 7.5
GEOL1003 5.0 AUTUMN 2007
TBA4100 3.7 AUTUMN 2008
TGB4155 1.8 AUTUMN 2008
MNGGEOL102 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
TBM4240 3.7 AUTUMN 2022

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Life Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-11-27 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 108
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 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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