Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Science

School

Earth and Environment Sc Schl

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

5 Contact hours

Prerequisite

ERTH2004

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Assignments, group projects, exams

Course coordinator

Dr Renjie Zhou (renjie.zhou@uq.edu.au)

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2019 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

Tectonics studies the operation of the solid Earth across all spatial and temporal scales. Tectonic processes are responsible for continental assembly and break up, mountain building and collapse, sea-level rise and fall, and the creation of natural resources as well as hazards, with impact on every person on this planet. The core of this course is to teach the fundamentals of Plate Tectonics, the unifying theory of the Earth. We will take you on a virtual journey around the globe to observe a selection of modern and ancient plate boundaries, and help you build a collection of knowledge about the geological processes operating in these areas. You will learn the characteristics of Earth's crust, lithosphere, and mantle, and understand not only how, but also why plate tectonics works. Additionally, you will be exposed to several key methods that are used in tectonic studies, which are also essential in a range of sub disciplines in earth and environmental sciences.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2011 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile