Course code GEO100

GEO100 Geology

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Course responsible: Michael Heim
Teachers: Mona Henriksen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
No limit except the exercises that take place in groups of up to 30 students. Excursion in several groups of up to 50 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Lectures: Structure of the earth. Overview of the formation of geological material as seen in connection with the internal and external processes and illustrated by Norwegian examples. Details on surface processes (weathering, erosion, transport, sedimentation) and internal processes (in light of plate tectonics) seen as a function of geologic time and space. Highlights of the Norwegian geological history through 3 billion years. The shaping of today's landforms in Norway and the distribution of the surficial deposits by water and ice through the youngest geological time (the quaternary period). Exercises: Common minerals, rock species, fossils and surficial deposits. Outdoor exercise in the area around NMBU. Read and interprete geological maps (quaternary geological and bedrock maps). Compulsory project on compilation of geo-data and a one-day excursion.
Learning outcome:
The student gets an understanding for geology as the basis of our natural fundament. Knowledge about the Earth's materials and development, understanding of geological processes and recognition of the importance of proper geo-resource management are main issues. The student will get familiar with a geologists way to think and approach nature (changes happen in times and spaces of vast dimensions) and learn about geological background data (maps, databases). Basic knowledge of materials and processes will be applied to the geologic history of Norway and to the interpretation of geological maps as tool in overall resource management, where geology is important for e.g. use of non-renewable and renewable resources, vegetation, plant production and land use.
Learning activities:
Geology is an experience-based science where lectures and exercises complement each other. The lectures are not only providing facts, but also introduce the student to the geologist¿s way of thinking time and space of large dimensions. In exercises students get the necessary skills for geological materials (minerals, rocks and soils), and use of Norwegian geological maps (bedrock and soil) and geo-databases. During preparation for the rock test and the final exam, geological materials and maps are at the students disposal. Outdoor exercise and excursion are the only geological field experience. Fronter is the principal communication tool.
Teaching support:
Fronter. Special hours of advising before the rock test and final examination.

- Lutgens, Tarbuck and Tasa (2015): Essentials of geology (12th global ed.). Pearson Education International. 592 pp (ISBN-13: 9781292057187). Adit to interactive web-site GEODe: Essentials of geology follows with book. The book can also be ordered directly from the editor ( for ca £55 or as e-book at much lower price.

- Landvik, J. og Heim, M. (ed.) 2004: GEO100 - Geologi. Kurshefte og øvelser (8.ed.). Landbruksbokhandelen. Ca. 200 pp. (ISBN 82-557-0383-7). Only in Norwegian. Ca. NOK 170.

- *Skjeseth, S. 1996: Norge blir til. Norges geologiske historie (Revised and extended edition). Schibsted. 88 pp. (ISBN 82-516-1584-4). Only in Norwegian. Ca. NOK 230. The first edition from 1974 can also be used.

- *Ramberg, I.B. et al 2008: The making of a land - Geology of Norway (english edition). Geological Society of Norway. 624 pp. (ISBN 82-92394-42-7). NOK 495. *The book is supporting literature and is also available in many libraries.

Recommended prerequisites:
Some knowledge in natural or environmental sciences.
Mandatory activity:
1. Semester assignment in compilation of geodata, to be submitted medio November. 2. Participation on excursion and submitted report medio October.
Rock test (in October/November) counting 30%. In case of insufficient grade up to two new attempts during the semester. Otherwise on request, one more attempt of improvement which will be counted. Final written examination (3.5 hours) in exam period counts 70%. The student has to pass both parts.
Nominal workload:
Lectures with preparation and follow-up work (50 x 2) and supplementary, individual study of sections of the syllabus: 130 hours. Exercises with preparation and follow-up work (30 x 3): 90 hours. Excursion with a report: 10 hours. Preparation for and the completion of the rock test and final exam: 70 hours. Total 300 hours.  
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
50 hours lectures, 30 hours exercises, 8 hours (1 day) excursion. Other (e.g. e-mail contact): maximum 1/2 hour per student.
Introductory courses in geology/physical geography that can replace GEO100 are given at most universities in Norway and abroad. GEO100 (or equivalent course from other university) is a prerequisite for all other GEO courses at NMBU.
Examiners acknowledge course and examination questions.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått