Structural Geology (GEO210)

This course covers the study of tectonic structures, such as faults and folds, from the geometrical, kinematic, and mechanical point view. For the geometrical part, the course makes emphasis on maps, cross sections and stereonets. For the kinematic part, the course focuses on strain. For the mechanical part, the course covers stress, and how rocks deform under stress. For both, stress and strain, the Mohr Circle is introduced. In addition, the course describes the use of linear algebra and computation to solve problems in structural geology.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Main topics include:

  • Geometry
  • Linear algebra and computation
  • Strain
  • Stress
  • Rheology
  • Faults
  • Folds and minor structures

The course includes one mandatory week long field trip that is valid for GEO110 and GEO210

Learning outcome


  • To know the basic topics of structural geology: Geometry, Strain, Stress, and tectonic structures such as faults and folds


  • To be able to identify tectonic structures
  • To be able to analyze tectonic structures
  • To understand the processes that form tectonic structures

General Competence:

  • To have an understanding of tectonic structures and how they influence the subsurface

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
BIP330 Geology, ÅMA100 Mathematical methods 1


Portfolio Assessment

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assignment 1 1/4 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Assignment 2 1/4 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Lab assignments 2/4 1 Semesters Letter grades All

A detailed activity plan for the course will be handed out at semester start.The course has a continuous assessment. Assignments are only available during the normal running of the course. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course. There are no re-sit oportunities in this course. If a student fail in one or more of the assessment parts, or wants to improve the grade, he or she must retake these assessment in the normal running of the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Nestor Fernando Cardozo Diaz

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes lectures, laboratory practices, and 1 week field trip (in November after the lecture period). 6 hours teaching per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers (BIP370_1) 5
Sedimentology and Structural Geology (GEO120_1) 5

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto