Module Identifier EA32310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 x 3 hour sessions for group presentations  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. 2 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.40%
Semester Assessment Presentation: Verbal group presentation (15 mins)15%
Semester Assessment Essay: Independent project essay (to be submitted to the module co-ordinator by the end of week 11)30%
Semester Assessment Presentation: Verbal group presentation (15 mins)15%
Supplementary 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. 

Learning outcomes

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


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 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:-


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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
J.K. Beatty, C.C. Peterson and A. Chaikin (1999) The New Solar System 4th edition. Cambridge University Press
R. Greeley (1993) Planetary Landscapes 2nd edition. Chapman & Hall, London; 286pp
W.K. Hartmann (1999) Moons and Florets Wadsworth Publishing Co.


This module is at CQFW Level 6