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Module GLU44924: Micropalaeontology

  Module GLU44924
Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson
Course Type: Optional
Assessment: Theory examination (50%); Continual Assessment (50%)
ECTS: 5 Credits
Prerequisites: None

Contact hours & timing:

Hilary Term
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. 

Module Content

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.

Learning outcomes

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.