Structural Geology

By Prof. Santanu Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1168
The subject STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY deals with the shape (geometry), displacements (kinematics/strain) and forces (dynamics/stress) in Earth and Planetary bodies. In other words, the subject deals with the deformation of rocks – their architecture and development through geological time scales.Deformed rocks and structures conceal a series of tales, decoding of which is the challenge of a structural geologist in presenting the evolution of our planet earth. The knowledge of structural geology is applied in may practical fields e.g., hydrocarbon, mineral and groundwater explorations, construction industries, natural hazard analysis, landscape evolution etc. This course will primarily focus upon the basics and introductory level understanding of the subject.

PRE-REQUISITES: Basic Math/Physics and some knowledge of Geological/Earth Sciences
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Construction Industry / Hydrocarbon Exploration and Mining Industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Earth Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

WEEK 1: Introduction, Basic Concepts
WEEK 2: Structural Elements, Measurements, Sterographic Projection
WEEK 3: Concept of Strain
WEEK 4: Concept of Stress
WEEK 5: Rheology of Rocks
WEEK 6: Deformation Mechanism of Rocks
WEEK 7: Foliation and Lineation
WEEK 8: Folds and mechanisms; Superposition of folds
WEEK 9: Boudinage and related structures
WEEK 10: Fractures, Joints and Faults
WEEK 11: Ductile Shear Zone
WEEK 12: Structural Mapping, Summary and Final Discussion

Books and references

1.Structural Geology: Fundamentals and Modern Developments S.K Ghosh
2.Structural Geology [2nd Edition] Haakon Fossen
3.Structural Geology [2nd Edition] R.J. Twiss & E.M. Moores

Instructor bio

Prof. Santanu Misra is a Professor of Structural Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is also a DST Swarna Jayanti Fellow, PK Kelkar Research Fellow and INSA Young Scientist. He teaches Structural Geology and leads the Experimental Rock Deformation Laboratory in IIT Kanpur. His main research focus is to understand the mechanical response of composite rock systems at various deformation conditions. Please visit his webpage to know more: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~smisra/

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 17th November 2019 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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