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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 231

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

Home Department

Earth Sciences

Module Topic

Remote Sensing and Structural Geology

Generic Module Name

Geology 231

Alpha-numeric Code

APG 231

Credit Value

30

Duration

S

Proposed semester/term

First semester

Programmes in which the module will be offered

B.Sc. Applied Geology (APG)

Level

6

Main Outcomes

 

On completion of this module student will be able to:

  •  Skilled in the acquisition and analysis of remotely sensed data, especially digital satellite image data 
  •  Have a conceptual understanding of map construction
  •  Understanding the principles and analysis of rock deformation  
  •  Skills for the structural analysis of deformed rocks 
  •  Conceptual analysis of tectonic setting and rock mechanics

 

Main Content

  •  Principles of aerial photo interpretation
  •  Principles of satellite image interpretation
  •  Construction of base and geological maps
  •  Projection techniques and conventions
  •  Description and analysis of deformed rocks
  • Stereoscopic projection methods and techniques in structural analysis
  • Concepts of stress, translation, rotation and strain
  • Rock mechanics and tectonic setting

Pre-requisite modules

APG131, 132 or equivalent

Co-requisite modules

None

Prohibited module Combination

None

A.Breakdown of Learning Time  

Hours

B. Time-table  Requirement per week

Contact with lecturer / tutor:

42

Lectures p.w.

3 (3 hours)

Assignments & tasks:

60

Practicals p.w.

1 (6 hours)

Practicals:

84

Tutorials p.w.

0

Tests & examinations:

30

Selfstudy

84

Other:

Total Learning Time

300 

Methods of Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment=50% Final Assessment= 50%

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APG 232

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

Home Department

Earth Sciences

Module Topic

Geochemistry, Mineralogy & Sedimentology

Generic Module Name

Geology 232

Alpha-numeric Code

APG 232

Credit Value

30

Duration

S

Proposed semester

Second semester

Programmes in which the module will be offered

BSc Applied Geology

Level

6

Main Outcomes

On completion of this module student will be able to:

  •  Know the principles of interaction between light and crystalline material and use it in the identification of minerals 
  • Identify major rocks and minerals in hand specimen 
  • Use a polarization microscope in the identification of minerals in thin sections 
  • Relate basic principles of chemistry to geological processes 
  • Solve geological problems through application of chemistry 
  • Understand geochemistry as a principle in Earth Science
  • Be aware of the basic principles/ processes of sediment deposition and depositional environment 
  • Describe sedimentary rocks 
  • Have a conceptual understanding of the classification of sedimentary rocks and associated textures

 

Main Content

  •  Theory of light interaction with crystalline material
  •  Identification of rocks and minerals in hand specimen and under the polarization microscope 
  • Crystallography
  • Basic principles of chemistry and application in geology; atomic theory, electron configuration, periodic table, radioactivity etc 
  • Rocks minerals and element substitution
  • Surface solution equilibria; Radiometric dating
  •  Geochemical cycle of the elements

Pre-requisite modules

APG131, 132 or equivalent

Co-requisite modules

None

Prohibited module Combination

None

A.Breakdown of Learning Time

Hours

B. Time-table  Requirement per week

Contact with lecturer / tutor:

42

Lectures p.w.

3 (3 hours)

Assignments & tasks:

60

Practicals p.w.

1 (6 hours)

Practicals:

84

Tutorials p.w.

0

Tests & examinations:

30

Selfstudy

84

Total Learning Time

300

Methods of Student Assessment : CFA

Continuous assessment=50%

Final assessment= 50%

 

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