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Geology and the Environment

Code: GEOL2005     Acronym: GEOL2005     Level: 200

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor in Geology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:CTA 49 Plano estudos a partir do ano letivo 2016/17 2 - 6 56 162
L:G 9 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Iuliu Bobos Radu
António José Guerner Dias

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Iuliu Bobos Radu 2,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 4 8,00
António José Guerner Dias 4,00
Iuliu Bobos Radu 4,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The overall objective is to provide to students a multidisciplinary field related to geological environment, so as to allow its action on various levels and its insertion in companies for environmental purposes and development the ability to solve problems within the training area in the Earth Sciences and Environment, interpretation of geological processes vs. environmental and reasoning of their own arguments; 

Learning outcomes and competences

Ability to solve problems within the training area in the Earth Sciences and Environment, interpretation of geological processes vs. environmental and reasoning of their own arguments;
- Ability to collect, select and interpret relevant information, particularly in the area of training that will enable them to support the solutions we recommend and the judgments that issue, including the analysis of social, scientific and ethical aspects;
- Skills to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions;
- Skills to life long learning.


Working method



Introduction. Catastrophes and natural dissasters: concepts. Natural dissasters linked to the processes of internal and external geodynamics. Climate, Tectonics and global biogeochemical cycles. Erosion and desertification. Processes of physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and the associated environmental phenomena. Contamination of soils, waters and aquifers, causes and effects. Geotechnology and geoenvironment. Geomedicine and human health. Geology and urban environment.


Mandatory literature

Coch Nicholas K.; Geohazards. ISBN: 0-02-322992-6
Bell Fred G.; Environmental geology. ISBN: 0-86542-875-1
Montgomery Carla W.; Environmental Geology. ISBN: 0697-27083-1
Keller Edward A.; Environmental geology. ISBN: 0-13-022466-9
Bell Fred G.; Environmental geology. ISBN: 0-86542-875-1
Merritts Dorothy; Environmental geology. ISBN: 0-7167-2834-6
Abbott Patrick L.; Natural disasters. ISBN: 0-697-25493-3

Teaching methods and learning activities

 In terms of teaching methodologies and learning, the learning effort should focus on the workload of students. Reservation for the teacher, a demanding role in guiding the work of their students, encouraging individual research, the effort of self-learning and seeking knowledge by experiment. Assumption of a logic oflearning assessment, based on a close relationship with the original objectives for the proposed curriculum;  The lectures will be available online (Moodle platform) at the beginning of the semester. The evaluation focuses on the form of periodic evaluation, with a final exam, encompassing both theoretical and field theory - practice. The realization of practical work satisfactorily, includes the preparation of a set of previous reports. 


Natural sciences
Natural sciences
Natural sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 80,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 54,00
Total: 54,00

Eligibility for exams

Not cases


Calculation formula of final grade

Theoretical = 80% - Practical component = 20%

In any of these components, the final note, can not be less than 8.0 values. The note of the theoretical component can be obtained by: - conducting final exam.
The note of the practical component can be obtained from: - delivery of practical work done.

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