TGB4100 - Geology, Introduction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 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

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.

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

  • Field excursions
  • Midway assessment
  • Midway assessment

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geography (BGEOG)
Geology (BGEOL)
Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO)
Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (MTPETR)

Required previous knowledge

The course is primarily intended for the study programs Geology bachelor (BGEOL), 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 01.09.2007
TBA4100 3.7 01.09.2008
TGB4155 1.8 01.09.2008
MNGGEOL102 7.5 01.09.2008
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 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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