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Applied Geology Programme

Geology is the study of the history of our planet Earth and the processes that have acted upon it. Geologists are interested in the changes that the earth has undergone and how its physical, chemical, and biological systems have interacted during it’s 4.5 billion year history. Applied geologists utilise this historical records and knowledge to predict, find and recover materials that can be used profitably by humans, including fuels, ore minerals, and building materials.

The entire World economy is driven by energy (petroleum and uranium ores) and various metals derived from assorted mineral deposits. South Africa is endowed with numerous ore and fossil deposits, which will continue to need the attention of local geologists.

Degrees Offered

  • B.Sc. (Applied Geology)

APG 322

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

APG322  Geology 322                                                                                                                                         (30 credits)

[Pre-requisites: APG112 and (GEL211 and GEL221 and GEL212 and GEL222) OR (APG211 and APG212 and APG221 and APG222 AND APG311 and APG312]

Main Content: 

  •  Advanced geological mapping techniques
  • Structural analysis of geological data
  • Reporting geological data and report writing
  • Concept of Plate Tectonics
  • Stereographic projection methods and techniques in structural analysis
  • Mechanics of Plate Motions
  • Ductile and Brittle Deformation in the Crust and Mantle

Main Outcomes: Student should:

  • Become aware instinctively observe and vividly describe the occurrence and spatial arrangement of various types of rocks in the field
  • Record information collected in the field in geological maps at various scales.
  • Undertake an advanced structural analysis of data collected in the field.
  • Write geological reports on field mapping.
  • Understand the principles of geotectonics, and geotectonic evolution of the Earth.
  • Develop skills for the acquisition and analysis of structural geology data at regional and global level.
  • Have a conceptual understanding of global tectonic settings and associated Earth resources
 

APG 337

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

Module name

Geotectonics and Earth Resources

Home department

Earth Sciences

Module code

APG 337

Credit value

10

Duration

T

Module type

Programme

Level

7

Main outcomes

Student should:

  • Understand the principles of geotectonic, and geotectonic evolution of the Earth.
  • Develop skills for the acquisition and analysis of structural geology data at regional and global level.
  • Have a conceptual understanding of global tectonic settings and associated Earth resources.

Main content

  • Concept of Plate Tectonics
  • Stereographic projection methods and techniques in structural analysis.
  • Mechanics of Plate Motions.
  • Ductile and Brittle Deformation in the Crust and Mantle.

Pre-requisites

APG 131, APG 232

Co-requisites

None

Prohibited combinations

None

Breakdown of learning time

Lectures 24

Tests and Assignments 8

Self-study: 20

Practicals: 48

Total learning time: 100

Methods of student assessment

Tests/ Assignments 25%

Main Test 50%

Practicals 25%

 

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