Introductory Field Structural Geology

By Prof. Santanu Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 938
Geological Fieldwork is considered as an important part of a geologist’s training and a modern geologist must have a strong understanding of the features offered by the rock-exposures. The fieldwork program emphasizes techniques and provides training in the field interpretation of structural geology and tectonics, geopmorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and igneous processes. This course will cover and provide basic understandings on different structural features observed in a typical deformed geological terrane. The content of the course has been designed largely to motivate mostly undergraduate geology students to understand the deformation processes operating in the different deformed regions by observing and interpreting different outcrop scale deformation structures in the field.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Geography

PREREQUISITES: Elementary Structural Geology

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Geological Survey of India, ONGC, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 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: Basics and Ethics of Field Geology ; Tools and Equipments ; Geological Maps and features ; Locating yourself in the field ; Defining structural elements in the field
Week 2: Primary structures ; Secondary structures ; Measurement and record of structural data; Sample collection ; Geometrical parameters of foldsdefinition and measurements ; Fold geometries in outcrop scales
Week 3: Superposed deformation ; Sequence of deformation from superposed fold patterns ; Ductile shear zones ; Shear Sense indicators ; Strain analysis from deformed markers
Week 4: Brittle Deformation ; Analysing brittle deformation ; Mapping structural data ; Interpreting large-scale structures ; Summary & Conclusion

Books and references

  1. Any basic/fundamental Structural Geology book

Instructor bio

Prof. Santanu Misra

IIT Kanpur
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 centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 will not be dispatched.

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- NPTEL team

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