Quaternary Geology 7.5 Credits

First cycle, L0041K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2017 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2008-01-22.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2017

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Chemical Principles (K0016K), Geology, basic course (O0035K)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After the course, the student should be able to: • describe the most important sedimentary environments and explain how sediments are deposited in these environments • describe some important sedimentary structures and explain in which sedimentary environment they form • describe and explain growth, massbalance and movement of glaciers • describe the most important glacial environments, and explain the processes that control formation of landforms and sediments in these environments • describe the Quaternary development in northern Sweden based on information from vertical profiles through Quaternary deposits • read and interpret a soil map


Causes of glaciation. Glaciers and properties of glacial ice. Glacial erosion, transportation and deposition. Glacial landforms. Fluvial, marine and lacustrine sediments and landforms. Quaternary stratigraphy. Isostatic rebound. Quaternary deposits and landforms in Sweden. Interpretation of aerial photographs and soil maps.

The course is presented in the form of lectures and assignments where the basic theory is applied. The assignments and a project will result in a deeper understanding of the main elements of the course when students actively participate in the learning process. The course also contains a field excursion in the Luleå area.

The ability to describe and give accounts of the basic theory is examined in two written exams (grade 3, 4, 5). The ability to describe the Quaternary development in northern Sweden, and to read and interpret a soil map is examined in a mandatory project (grade U G). Mandatory excursion. Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

The course is given at a basic level, and is included in the Candidate and Civil engineer programme Naturresursteknik. A study guide is available in the Fronter room for the course.

Transition terms

Anders Widerlund

Transition terms
The course L0041K is equal to KGL004

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2011 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bennett, M. R., Glasser, N. F., 2009. Glacial Geology. Ice Sheets and Landforms. ISBN 978-0-470-51691-1.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam3.7G U 3 4 5
0002Project work3.0U G#
0003Excursion0.8U G#