Advanced Diploma in Structural Geology

Delivered online

15-20 hours

Course description

This free online course provides an introductory level understanding of the main concepts in structural geology. Deformed rocks and structures conceal a series of tales, the decoding of which challenges the structural geologist in presenting evolutionary theories of our planet's development. Start this course and learn about the architecture of rock formations and their development over geological time periods.

It begins with structural elements, measurements and stereographic projections of linear and planer features. You will learn about the concepts of stress, strain and rheology of rocks. This course provides insights into the deformation mechanisms of rocks, folds, foliation and lineation, boudinage, faults and joints, ductile shear zone and much more. The course also examines how rocks deform and change shape and how we can recognise and use structures within rocks, to determine ancient magnitudes and the orientations of stress fields.

Students of this course will be introduced to the techniques of recording and analysing structural data. They will be taught how to map rock sequences in the field and interrogate a region, to determine how it formed and what has happened to the area since formation. This course will be of interest to students studying geology-related subjects, laypersons interested in the topic and for career-development purposes. Start this course today and learn more about structural geology and its applications.

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the concepts of structural geology, tectonics and geodynamics
  • Describe the role of the structural geologist
  • Recognize the models for studying earth structures
  • Explain the planar, linear and angular features of deformed rocks
  • Discuss the basic concepts and construction of stereographic projection
  • Explain how to plot structural data on stereonet
  • State the concepts of homogeneous and heterogeneous deformation
  • Describe how strain analysis is done in different dimensions
  • Explain the concepts of mechanics, force and traction
  • Discuss why stress on a surface is vector and stress at a point is tensor
  • Explain how eigenvalues and eigenvectors are calculated mathematically