Structural Geology  (GEOL-210)

This course investigates the architectures/geometries of rocks with the aim of determining the different fundamental external forces that causes to develop the fundamental structures. Structural Geology is the study of architectures/geometries particularly focusing on how to generate different structure and their mechanism to produce these structures. This course is designed to acquire the knowledge about the deformational structures and their kinematics in the crust. This will help in understanding the deformational mechanism of various types of rocks and the mapping of resultant structures.

Learning Outcomes:
This course will enable students will learns the basic principles of structural Geology, gain knowledge about structures formed by differential forces. The university Graduate Attributes are a set of core competencies which we expect students to achieve through completion of degree program. 
The students will

  • Understand how the geometry evolved during the development of rock structures (kinematics)
  • Understand how to quantify the geometry of rock structures.
  • Understand the mechanics of the rock structure development.
  • Understand the controlling micro and macro scale deformation mechanisms.
  • Understand mechanical principals that control the mechanical behavior of rocks.

Text Books:

  • Billings, M. P. (2006). Structural geology: Englewood Cliffs. New Jersey, U.S.A, Pren tice-Hall.
  • Davis, G. H., Reynolds, S. J., & Kluth, C. F. (2011). Structural geology of rocks and regions. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Van der Pluijm, B. A., & Marshak, S. (2004). Earth structure. New York.
  • Twiss, R. J., Twiss, R. J., & Moores, E. M. (1992). Structural geology. Macmillan.
  • Park, R. G., 1983, Foundation of Structural Geology, Blackie.
  • Ramsay, J. G., & Huber, M. I. (1987). Modern structural geology. Folds and fractures2, 309-700.

Assesment Criteria:


Sessional: 20 [Practical (5)+ Presentation (5) + Assignments (5)+ Attendence (5)]

Midterm exam: 30

Final exam: 50

Course Material