General Geology

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

High School classes of Geology (10th, 11th and 12th years).

Teaching Methods

Theoretical: lectures with theoretical contents based in audiovisual supports with participation of the classroom for discussion of ideas and theme.

Practical: application of theoretical knowledge to practical problems through the resolution of  elemental exercises based in geologic maps and sections.

Fieldwork: students will be present in two filed-trips with emphasis to the observation of minerals, rocks, structures and geologic units.

Tutorial support: Teaching help answering questions, and support on the resolution of exercises and  preparation of  examinations.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide to the 1st grade student a generalist introduction to Geological Sciences and its main scientific areas. Special emphasis will be give to a diversity of subjects related with the knewledge of Earth's and Life's dynamics and history, as well as to the relevance of Geology in modern civilization.

Skills to develop:

Instrumental: competence in analysis and synthesis, skills to solve problems, competence in oral and written communication, computer knowledge concerning the scope of the study.

Personal: competence in critical thinking and competence in working in interdisciplinary teams.

Systemic: competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice, competence in planning and managing, concern for quality, competence in autonomous learning.

Work Placement(s)



I. Introduction; II. Origin of earth and life; III. Earth's system internal and external dynamics; IV. Seismic activity; V. Igneous and volcanic activity; VI. Weathering, erosion and sedimentation; VII. Metamorphism and deformation of rocks; VIII. Continental drift and plate tectonics; IX. The geological record and the history of earth.     

Head Lecturer(s)

Mário de Oliveira Quinta Ferreira

Assessment Methods

Frequency: 50.0%
Exam: 50.0%


Press, F., Siever, R., Grotzinger, J. e Jordan, T.H. (2003) - Understanding Earth. 4th ed. Freeman and Company, USA.

Plummer, C. C. & Mcgeary, D. (1996) - Physical Geology. Edição de Web Publishers.

Skinner, B. J. & Porter, S. C. (1995) - The Dynamic Earth. John Wiley & Sons, UK.

Castilho, A. (1995) - Cartas topográficas e geológicas. Uma introdução ao seu estudo. Coimbra.

Regêncio Macedo & Bernardo de Sousa (1986) - Leitura e Interpretação de cartas geológicas. Coimbra.