Geological Mapping

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  6ο
Course Title
 Geological Mapping
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, laboratory work, fieldwork
Weekly Teaching Hours
 2 (Lect.) +2 (lab.) 
Credits  4
Course Type
 Basic General knowledge / Skills development
Prerequisite Courses
Language of Instruction & Examinations
Greek. Teaching may be however performed in English in case foreign students attend the course.
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)
Learning Outcomes

The course is addressed to undergraduate students who sufficiently know and understand the principles of Structural Geology and Petrography. The aim of the course is for students to acquire advanced knowledges and skills on the geological mapping.

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Know and understand the methods of geological mapping
  • Know and understand the methods of data collection in the field
  • Carry out geological mapping in areas of medium difficulty
  • Analyze and describe the orientation of structural elements appeared in the geological map which she/he produced
  • Compose geological cross-sections using data from the geological map which she/he produced
  • Compose the tectonostratigraphy of the area appeared the geological map which she/he produced
  • Prepare a professional report for the geological map which she/he produced
General Competences

Generally, by the end of this course the student will, furthermore, have develop the following general abilities (from the list above):

  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Working independently
  • Team work
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Production of free, creative and inductive thinking

The course content includes the following chapters:

Basic concepts in geological mapping of crystalline rocks; grouping of exposed lithologies based on the map scale; collection of orientation data of deformation structures in the field; mapping methods of geological contacts; mapping methods of deformation structures; presentation of structural elements on the geological map; construction of geological cross-sections; composition of tectonostratigraphic columns; azimuthal projections of structural elements of rocks; writing of the geological mapping report
Delivery  Face-to-face
Use of Information & Communication Technology
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures 2 X 13 = 26 
Laboratory practice 2 X 13 = 26 
Fieldwork 7days X 8 = 56 
Written report 12
 Total number of hours for the Course  120
 Student Performance Evaluation
 The student assessment is based on the score of the submitted report as well as on oral examination
Attached Bibliography

Suggested bibliography:

  1. Lisle R., Brabham P., Barnes J. 2011. Basic geological mapping. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  2. Xypolias P. 2009. Azimuthal projections in Structural Geology. Symmetria Publ., Athens. (in Greek)
  3. Koukouvelas I., Kokkalas S., Zygouri V. 2010. Geology & Earthquakes. Disigma Publ. Thessaloniki. (in Greek).