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Field methods and geological mapping

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course focusses on field methods for sedimentology and structural geology. The course is based on practical solving of field-geology problems and active learning. The students will collect sedimentological and structural data, carry out geological mapping, and interpret their results in a geological context.

Learning outcome

  • To recognise and identify sedimentary and geological structures in the field
  • To know the methods used to collect and analyse sedimentological and structural data
  • To know how to correlate rock sections stratigraphically
  • To have a basic understanding of geological mapping
  • To have an understanding of the importance of fieldwork in geosciences

  • To be able to describe rock units in the field
  • To be able to correlate rock units stratigraphically in the field
  • To analyse tectonic deformation from field data
  • To be able to map rocks and structures in the field
  • To be able to draw conclusions on geological processes based on geological field observations
  • To be able to make and analyse geological maps
  • To be able to solve geoscience-engineering problems (e.g. in the fields of petroleum, mining, hydrogeology, construction) by application of basic geological field techniques

General competence:
  • To be able to communicate and explain geological elements and processes based on field observations
  • To have a deeper understanding of sedimentology and structural geology in the field
  • To master the method of geoscientific problem solving in the field
  • Use field information together with other geological information (e.g. remote sensing and geophysical data) for regional-geological interpretations


The main part of the course is a two-weeks long field trip.
The course includes the following topics:
  • Field geology
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Geological Mapping
  • Analysis of sedimentological, stratigraphical and structural data

Required prerequisite knowledge

GEO100 Earth, energy and climate

Recommended previous knowledge

GEO110 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, GEO210 Structural Geology


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder evaluation1/1 A - F
The course assessment consists of two reports, each counting 50 % of the final grade. The reports consist of (1) presentation and interpretation of sedimentological and structural field data, and (2) a geologic map with cross section. Part 1 is an individual report, and part 2 is a group report. These will be based on the students' own observations in the field. Hence, active student participation in the field is necessary.
The field trip is mandatory. If a student does not join the field trip, he / she will have to take the whole course another year again for final evaluation.

Coursework requirements

Field trip

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Course teacher
Ingrid Carita Augustsson , Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

A mandatory two-weeks long field trip consisting of two parts: a. general data collection and interpretation, b. geological mapping. Between these two main activities, the students will have one day free. The field trip will take place late spring or early summer. The exact timing will be agreed upon with the students at the beginning of the semester. In addition, 6-8 preparatory sessions as lectures or laboratory practices will take place before the field trip. These are highly recommended but not mandatory.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Geological Excursion (GEO250_1) 5
Geological Mapping (GEO280_1) 5

Course assessment

Standard UiS routines


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020