University College Dublin
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course outlines the nature and principles of plate tectonics and tracks Earth's tectonic evolution from
the Archaean to the present. Emphasis is placed on methods of determining plate motion, seafloor spreading,
palaeomagnetism, isotopic geochronology, earthquake focal mechanism solutions, rifts, subduction tectonics,
terrane accretion and orogeny. The main methods of isotopic geochronology are introduced as well as isotopic
tracer studies applied to the identification of juvenile crust in orogenic belts. Associated concepts are
illustrated using the geology of the North Atlantic region, especially the Canadian and Baltic Shields and the
Grampian, Caledonian, Variscan and Alpine orogenic belts. Practical work includes the analysis of geological
maps, the construction of cross-sections and the description and interpretation of field relationships. The
course includes one weekend field class in North Mayo.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.