Universität Wien

280168 VU MA-ERD-W-1.1 Taphonomy of sediment cores (PI) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


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max. 16 participants
Language: English



Block seminar in November 2020


Aims, contents and method of the course

Students should be able to recognize taphonomic features of benthic fauna and know how to evaluate them quantitatively. Processes of shell disintegration such as fragmentation, bioerosion, dissolution etc. will be considered in detail. Course work will focus on material from Adriatic sediment cores which will be analysed during practical sessions in the lab and evaluated using specialist literature.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presence during the course is mandatory, assessment of performance is based on active participation, a written report and a final oral presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Maximum of points to be earned: 60. 40 points are required to pass the course.

Points are distributed as follows:
active participation: 20; written report: 20, oral presentation: 20.

0-39 pts: 5
40-45 pts: 4
46-50 pts: 3
51-55 pts: 2
56-60 pts: 1

Examination topics

Contents of the course and selected literature.

Reading list

Ronald E. Martin: Taphonomy. A Process Apprach. Cambridge University Press, 1999
The Process of Fossilisation. Edited by Stephen K. Donovan. Belhaven Press, 1991

Association in the course directory

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