Physics of the Earth’s Interior - Geodynamics

Course Information
TitleΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΕΣΩΤΕΡΙΚΟΥ ΤΗΣ ΓΗΣ-ΓΕΩΔΥΝΑΜΙΚΗ / Physics of the Earth’s Interior - Geodynamics
CodeNGGP 203Y
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorEleni Aidona
Course ID600019021

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 131
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course214

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1) Understanding the formation and evolution of the Solar system. Introduction to radiometric dating (geochronology). 2) Basic properties of the Earth’s gravity and magnetic fields. 3) Understanding the Earth’s structure as it is revealed by the study of the propagation of seismic waves through the Earth’s interior. 4) Basic characteristics of lithospheric plates–Geodynamics. 5) Understanding the generation of heat and its transfer through the Earth’s interior.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Earth and Solar System formation. Introduction to Radiometric dating- geochronology. 2) The Earth’s gravity field. The shape of the Earth – Geoid, ellipsoid. 3) The Earth’s magnetic field and its origin. Geomagnetic field variations. Paleomagnetism and its relation to Geodynamics. 4) Seismology and the internal structure of the Earth. Seismic wave propagation in the Earth. 5) Velocity structure, anisotropy. Crust, mantle and core of the Earth. Continental and ocean lithosphere. 6) Geodynamics: lithospheric plates and their kinematics. 7) Heat generation and conduction in the Earth.
Physics of the Earth’s Interior, Crustal mantle and core structure, Radiometric dating-geochronology, The Earth’s gravity field, The Earth’s magnetic field, Thermal properties of the Earth, Lithospheric plates, Geodynamics
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook 3) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Reading Assigment6
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
(1) Εισαγωγή στη γεωφυσική, Παπαζάχος Κωνσταντίνος, Παπαζάχος Βασίλειος 2η έκδ. βελτιωμένη/2013, ISBN: 978-960-456-386-9 (2) Fundamentals of Geophysics, Lowrie, W. (2007). Cambridge University Press, pp. 381. (3) Geodynamics. Turcotte, D.L. and Schubert, G. (2014). Cambridge University Press, pp. 657.
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