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General Geology

  • Course Code :
    GEO 201
  • Level :
  • Course Hours :
    2.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Petroleum Engineering

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Area of Study :

Expand the scope of knowledge of the petroleum engineer to include the Earth’s internal structure and its internal and external processes, Identify the different rock-forming minerals, their origin, and the different type of rocks and Understand the topographic and geologic maps and their implications.

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General Geology

The course covers cosmology and Earth formation, mineralogy, different rock types, sedimentary processes, volcanoes, geologic time, plate tectonics and crustal deformation, earthquakes, surface processes of erosion, weathering in different geologic environments.

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General Geology

Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Identify different types of minerals and rocks
2- Recognize different Earth’s internal and external processes.
3- Draw and interpret topographic and geologic maps.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Solve geologic mapping problems.
2- Construct cross sections and contour mapping of surface and subsurface geological formations.
3- Differentiate between reservoirs and non-reservoir rocks.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Students have broad understanding of geological knowledge and supporting field, laboratory, and computer skills.
2- Analyse available data and material for subsurface geological evaluation.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Capable to work in team.
2- Write a report and presentation one.

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Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction 2 2 --
Plate Tectonics 4 4 --
Minerals and Rocks 14 8 6
Topographic and Geologic Maps 14 6 8
Geologic Time 2 2 --
Weathering 2 2 --
Structural Geology and earthquakes 4 4 --
Water and Surface Processes 2 2 --

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Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Interactive lectures and discussion
Cooperative research
Field trip

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General Geology

Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Final exam 40.00
In Class Quizzes 10.00
Mid-Term exams 30.00
Participations 10.00
Research/ Field trip/Assignments 10.00

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Book Author Publisher
Physical Geology Plummer / Carlson / Hammersley McGraw Hill

Course notes :

PDF files available direct after lectures

Recommended books :

Lecture – Exploring Geology (2nd edition) by Reynolds et al. Lab – Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (14th edition) by Zumberge et al.

Periodicals :

Teaching this course needs: Crystal models, Mineral samples, and Rock samples.

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