Field Geology and Geological Mapping

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Field Geology and Geological Mapping

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: GEO1006S, GEO2004S (co-requisite)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This is a field-based course that introduces techniques used to identify, describe and document rocks in the field and for interpreting their inter-relationships, with the view to producing geological maps, stratigraphic logs and structural sections. Techniques covered include: mineralogical and textural descriptions of rocks using a hand-lens; measurement of attitude of bedding using compass and clinometer; measurement, description and interpretation of depositional and deformational structures; stereo plots, interpretation and use of aerial photographs; identifying contact relationships; GPS positioning. Course material is taught over four separate field camps spread over two years of study.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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