University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOL 251 and GEOL 252 and MATH 160

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Plate geometry and kinematic derivations; tectonic history reconstructions; integrated understanding of sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, and structural associations in various tectonic settings; implications for climate, fauna, earth evolution, and society.

    Students should leave this paper with a professional knowledge of tectonic systems that can be applied to a range of geological problems and an integrated understanding of the relationships between all the aspects of geology that they have learned within the core in preceding years.

    Course Structure

    • Part 1: The mechanics of plate tectonics: what is our current understanding of the structure and motion of tectonic plates, and what datasets is this based on?
    • Part 2: Global implications of plate tectonics
    • Part 3: Processes in orogenic belts by reference to NZ's South Island

    Learning Outcomes
    Specific learning outcomes are:
    -Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
    -Problem-solving skills
    -Quantitative skills
    -Teamwork skills

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