Earth and Life Through Time

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Earth and Life Through Time

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Environmental Science, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Period 1

    Course Level: 300

    Course Objective

    The main goal of this course is to achieve insight in the geological and biological history of the Earth as a continuum of interrelated events
    that have shaped our planet; to recognize the sequence of, and interrelationships between major events in the history of the Earth, its surface, and its life forms. This will create an increasing awareness on links between various (sub)systems.
    Sedimentological practicals will provide an insight into small-scale, local facies development in relation to large-scale global patterns e.g. during the Neoproterozoic as well as an application in sustainable use of the subsurface in NW Europe formed during the Late Paleozoic.

    By the end of the course the student should be able to:

    • know the main (plate) tectonic, climatological and evolutionary events in their context in space and time.
    • to set up and assess a sedimentological log in relation to large-scale global patterns.

    Course Content

    The course starts with a brief history of historical geology and an overview of the major global events. We address major themes –
    sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, paleontology, climate and plate tectonics in time and space –, which are brought together to unravel the Earth's history. The focus is on large-scale processes relevant for understanding how climatic and tectono-sedimentary changes are recorded in the geological record. In addition, the interdependent aspects of these themes will be addressed. Smaller-scaled events will be highlighted during the sedimentologically-oriented practicals.

    Additional Information Teaching Methods

    14 lectures (28 hours), sedimentological practical (1 x 4 hours), 1 day core workshop TNO Utrecht, 1 day presentations.

    Method of Assessment

    The final mark consists of the following components: (1) Written exam (70%), (2) assignments (10%) and (3) practicals (20%).
    For the written exam a minimum mark of 5.0 is required in order to pass the course. Grades resulting from exercises and assignments are only valid during the course of the year.

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