Course Description

Course Name


Session: VDNS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

GEOL 251 and GEOL 252 and MATH 160

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Plate geometry and kinematic derivations; tectonic history reconstructions; integrated understanding of sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, and structural associations in various tectonic settings; implications for climate, fauna, earth evolution, and society.

Students should leave this paper with a professional knowledge of tectonic systems that can be applied to a range of geological problems and an integrated understanding of the relationships between all the aspects of geology that they have learned within the core in preceding years.

Course Structure

  • Part 1: The mechanics of plate tectonics: what is our current understanding of the structure and motion of tectonic plates, and what datasets is this based on?
  • Part 2: Global implications of plate tectonics
  • Part 3: Processes in orogenic belts by reference to NZ's South Island

Learning Outcomes
Specific learning outcomes are:
-Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
-Problem-solving skills
-Quantitative skills
-Teamwork skills

*Course content subject to change