This module has been successfully used for majors-level courses at both small and large universities in Structural Geology, Global Geophysics, and Active Tectonics Seminar. The InTeGrate project has advice on using similar resources in Online or Hybrid Courses.
G323 Structural Geology is a junior-level course required of all majors. The course is intended to provide students with a broadly balanced treatment of structural geology including selected aspects of structural analysis and descriptive analysis (e.g. scale, structural elements, geometric elements), kinematic analysis, and dynamic analysis. The latter includes rock deformation (e.g. folding, faulting), rock mechanics (e.g. stress, strain, deformation) and tectonics (e.g. plate tectonics, orogenic belts).
The course introduces central concepts of solid Earth geophysics as applied at the global or planetary scale. We cover plate tectonics and dynamics of the lithosphere, seismology and Earth structure, geothermal behavior and heat flow, isostasy and gravity, and geodynamics and planetary geophysics. It is an upper-division class, and a core requirement of the geophysics major at UCR and a geology elective. It attracts approximately equal numbers of students from both majors.
This seminar course explores the history, effects, and mechanics of earthquake deformation from a geologic and geophysical perspective. Topics covered include ground surface deformation associated with the earthquake cycle, as well as detection and measurement of geologic strain using geodesy and paleoseismology.