Course Description

Course Name

Micropalaeontology

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

10 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Overview

Short Description
An introduction to micropalaeontology including the recognition, interpretation and geological applications of a variety of microfossil groups

Course Aims
To provide an introduction to micropalaeontology and the recognition, interpretation and geological applications of a variety of microfossil groups.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
At the end of this course, students should be able:
1. To describe the morphology and biology of organisms commonly found as microfossils.
2. To explain the role of microfossils in palaeoenvironmental interpretation.
3. To explain the role of micropalaeontology in biostratigraphy and hydrocarbon exploration geology.
4. To describe the origins, evolution, and distribution of the plankton, with emphasis on microfossil groups.
5. To summarise the role of micropalaeontology in the exploration of ocean basins.

*Course content subject to change