2023-2024 / GEOL0311-2

Geology and paleontology, Theory and practice


25h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (60 ECTS)5 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

Planet Earth
Introduction: Geosphere and biosphere, formation and differentiation of planet Earth, geological cycle, minerlas, rocks
diagenesis and metamorphism
Tectonics (rock deformation)
rock alteration (climat, soils, karst)
Erosion, transport and sedimentation on the continent
Erosion, transport and sedimentation in the ocean
water in rocks 
Rock Dating
stratigraphy and datings methods
the magnetic field
Internal dynamics and geological processes
plate tectonics
Elements of paleontology
biosphere evolution: the first 3 billion years
mass extinctions

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

at the end of the class, the student will be able to identify the most common minerals and rocks, and to understand and acquire the notion of geological time, the geological processes and their impacts of the biosphere, et the basic principles of paleontology (what is a fossil, how does it form, what can we learn from fossils)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

 practicals (minerals, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic and magmatic rocks)
excursions (details during class)

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

face-to-face and podcasts practicals in the lab and in the field are mandatory and face-to-face

Recommended or required readings

pdf of powerpoint presentations on-line on MyULg
recommanded books:
Eléments de géologie, 2005, Pomerol et al., 13 ème édition, Ed. Dunod
Dictionnaire de géologie, 2005, Foucault et Raoult, 6ème édition Ed. Dunod; 2010 7ème édition

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Evaluation is face-to-face
practicals : 20%
(revising session and interrogation in december)
theory: 80%
Participation to practicals and field excursions is mandatory.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof E. Javaux Geology department

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