2023-2024 / GEOL0205-1



20h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology4 crédits 


Emmanuelle Javaux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Micropaleontology is the study of fossil microscopic remains of the 3 domains of life. In this class, the links bewteen biology and geology are  strongly underlined, showing that a microfossil is much more than a dating tool (biostratigraphy), but allows to understand the biosphere evolution since its origins, questions of paleobiology, paleoecology, paleogeography, biogeochemical cycles, environmental problems of natural and anthropic causes, and astrobiology. 
chapter headings: * 1: introduction, modern analytical methods, and fossilisation-taphonomy * next classses: paleobiology, paleoecology, evolution and applications of microfossils with organic, agglutinated, siliceous, or calcareous walls (microscopic fossils of bacteria, protists, plants, animals and fungi) * last class: applications of micropaleontology (student presentations)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this class, the student will be able to identify the main microfossil groups, and to understand modern analytical methods in micropaleontology, and their applications in paleobiology, paleoecology, paleogeography, paleoclimatology, paleooceanography, astrobiology, biostratigraphy and lithogenesis.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

basic knwledge in geology and biology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

observation of different microfossil groups with microscope and binocular, oral presentation of a scientific paper, and visit of laboratories

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

face to face and online, Praticals face-to-face

Recommended or required readings

powerpoint presentations online (MyULg)
notes distributed at practicals

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

6o% theory 
20% praticals (identification of microfossils with justification, stratigraphic distribution, composition)
20% understanding and oral presentation of a scientific article in front of the class


participation to practicals (microscopy, article presentation) is mandatory


the theoritical exam will be an oral, face-to-face 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

morning class: theory 9-12h
afternoon: practicals 13-17h
on thursdays, Q1


Prof. E. Javaux Geology Department, B18 allée du 6 Août, 14 quartier Agora Sart-Tilman Liège 4000 04 366 5422 ej.javaux@uliege.be

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