Module GLU44924: Micropalaeontology
|Co-ordinator:||Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson|
|Assessment:||Theory examination (50%); Continual Assessment (50%)|
Contact hours & timing:
|Weeks 22-27, six hours per week|
Module Learning Aims
The aims are (1) to introduce the subject of micropalaeontology, its scope, methods (including scanning electron microscopy) and potential; (2) to introduce the main groups of microfossils – calcareous nannoplankton, foraminifers, radiolaria, ostracodes and conodonts; (3) to demonstrate the practical use of these fossils in biostratigraphy, palaeoenvironmental analysis, oceanography and thermal maturation studies.
This module will cover techniques for description and identification of the main microfossil groups both in theory and in practice. Some practical examples of the uses in biostratigraphy, palaeoenvironmental analysis and oceanography will be covered, and the use of fossils as sources of palaeoenvironmental data.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- describe and illustrate microfossils;
- identify individual microfossils to the level of group and use appropriate literature to identify them to the level of genus and species;
- apply micropalaeontology to the solution of geological problems.