Module Identifier EA32310  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
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 Presentation   Verbal group presentation.   15%  
  Presentation   Verbal group presentation.   15%  
  Essay   Independent project essay (to be submitted to the module co-ordinator by the end of week 11)   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   40%  
  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

On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-

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