SGL 101: MATERIALS OF THE EARTH

Semester: 
First
Offered: 
2014

INTRODUCTION TO THE UNIT
The Materials of the Earth course unit is one of the three core courses in Geology at level 1 (First year). The other two core courses are SGL 102 – Earth Processes and SGL 103 - Introduction to Paleontology. Geology is a science of the study of the earth with reference to its evolution, composition and processes that have prevailed from the time of its evolution to the present time. It is the study of rocks and minerals in the context of the Earth we live on.

Aims: This course unit aims to introduce students to the basic concepts that are important to the understanding of the formation of the earth, its rocks and minerals. It integrates theoretical studies with essential practical skills in the identification of crystals systems, minerals and rocks in the laboratory.

Objectives: At the end of this course unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the natural materials of the Earth.
  2. Explain the various concepts advanced for the origin of the solar system, and the techniques used in understanding the formation of the earth, its structure and composition.
  3. Identify and distinguish various earth materials (minerals and rocks) and explain their uses and contribution to economic development.
  4. Describe the nature, mode of formation and associated structures and textures of the three major rock types constituting the earth – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
  5. Explain how fossils are preserved, their uses and application in the tracing of plant and animal development throughout the geological history.
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