Module Identifier EA32310  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Nick Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite GL22310 (Helpful but not essential)  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours 11 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Question and answer sessions as required.  
  Practicals / Field Days   22 Hours 11 x 2 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   40%  
  Essay   Independent project essay (to be submitted to the module co-ordinator by the end of week 11)   30%  
  Presentation   Verbal group presentation.   15%  
  Presentation   Verbal group presentation.   15%  
  Resit assessment   Resit: Available for written examination and independent project essay only. Group project marks to be carried forward to resits. Independent project essay to be submitted to the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences General Office by the day of the resit examination.    

Module outline
This module deals with the geological evolution of the terrestrial planets in the context of the overall chemical and physical evolution of the solar system. It will explain the processes which shape the solid surfaces of the planets and to explain how these surfaces are analysed.

The module will consist of a series of lectures, some petrological practical (particularly the study of meteorites and lunar rocks), video materials and oral presentations by students. An extensive CAL package is available, which provides all additional information for this module can be accessed from all computer terminals on campus. In addition students will need to obtain information for one presentation from data available on the Internet.

Lecture themes will cover the following areas:-

Module Aims
This module will provide an understanding of the geological evolution of the terrestrial bodies within the solar system, and allow comparisons to be made between the Earth and the other rocky bodies.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
In addition to providing an understanding of our position in the solar system and how our planet relates to our near neighbours in space, this module will provide students with a range of transferable skills. To complete the module students will need to make use of the Planetary Geology CAL package, retrieve information from the Internet, and prepare and present this material as small teams.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Background
R. Greeley. (1993) Planetary Landscapes. 2nd edition. Chapman & Hall, London; 286pp
J.K. Beatty and A. Chaikin. (1990) The New Solar System. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press