TGB4265 - Structural Geology, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 50/100 D
Work 50/100

Course content

Up to date aspects of structural geology from micro to macro scale. To give insight and understanding of both underlaying processes and applied aspects of structural geology, including digital techniques of integrated structural data analysis, visualization and interpretation.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give advanced knowledge in specific topics related to structural geology.

Knowledge: Students will acquire knowledge about up to date aspects of theoretical and experimental structural geology from micro to macro scale. These include: Fabric development mechanisms and rheological properties of rocks, deformation regimes, deformation maps, state of stress in the lithosphere; techniques of experimental rock deformation and flow laws; fault mechanics; brittle and ductile structures analysis and characterization; paleo-stress analysis; direct dating of deformation. The course will also highlight applied aspects of structural geology, including digital techniques of integrated structural data analysis, visualization and interpretation.

Skills: Students will develop skills in the broad field of structural geology and will learn to examine structures and deformation processes at all scales in a holistic fashion, by integrating their knowledge in different geological fields.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, practicals and laboratory work, compulsory fieldwork (10 days, including weekend). The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field work

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (50%) and evaluation of exercises/laboratory work (50%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. In order to be eligible to receive this grade, both the oral exam and the exercises/laboratory work must be passed (this is necessary to achieve the learning outcome). For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. Passing the field course is valid for two years from the first try.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geography (MGEOG)
Geology (MGEOL)
Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO)
Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (MTPETR)
Petroleum Geosciences (MSG2)

Required previous knowledge

TGB4150 Structural Geology, Basic Course.

Course materials

Fossen: Structural Geology, 1st or 2nd Edition (selected parts). Selected parts of other textbooks, articles and handouts.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2021-06-13

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
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 Oral examination 50/100 D 2021-12-10
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 50/100
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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