• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Cox
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The structural geology component of the course introduces the basic concepts  of brittle and ductile deformation processes and how they control the strength,  mechanical behaviour and development of structures in the Earth's continental  crust. The course provides a basic understanding of the forces driving  deformation, and the displacements and strains associated with simple crustal  deformations. Emphasis is placed on (1) illustrating how deformation processes  change under the influence of changing pressures and temperatures with  increasing depth in the lithosphere, and (2) examining the basic types of  structures produced by single episodes of brittle and ductile deformation of the  continental crust, and how their styles and geometries vary as a function of  depth in the continental crust.

The field geology component of the course is a practical, field-based program  which introduces the fundamentals of geologic mapping techniques in undeformed  to simply folded and faulted and relatively unmetamorphosed sedimentary and  igneous terrains. The week will comprise three assessable assignments: measuring  stratigraphic columns, mapping igneous contacts, and introduction to mapping  deformed sediments.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC2012)  but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
  2. Map and quantitatively describe the geometry of structures in simply folded and faulted regions.
  3. Produce geological maps and cross-sections, and predict structures at depth and in areas of poor outcrop in simply folded and faulted regions.
  4. Interpret the geometry of simple structures (folds, faults, fractures, veins and shear zones) in terms of the stress regimes that produced them, and the displacements and strains associated with their development.
  5. Explain how the types of deformation processes and the styles and geometries of structures produced during continental deformation are influenced by the intensity of deformation, and by the depth and temperature of their formation in the Earth's crust.

Other Information

There will be a 7 day field trip to the Wee Jasper area in the first week of the mid semester break. 

Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip; in 2013 it was $300.  Payment may be made at the Cashier,College of Science (Bld 42), or online at ScienceShop:  http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/

Indicative Assessment

The structural geology and field geology components of the course are assessed separately, with equal weighting. Assessment will be based on:

  • 2-hour structural geology theory exam, to be held at a negotiated time after the mid-semester break (30%; LO 1, 4, 5)
  • Structural geology laboratory and fieldwork assignments: three laboratory assignments, one half-day field assignment and one full day field assignment (20%; LO 1, 4, 5)
  • Presentation of maps and cross-sections produced during field mapping during Field Geology component (50%; LO 1, 2, 3)

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC2012) but  will be given additional assessment which will be agreed upon in the first week of semester.

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Two hours of lectures and three hours of practicals weekly for seven weeks starting at the beginning of semester. A seven day field mapping exercise will be undertaken during the mid-semester break.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC2012 or GEOL2012.

Prescribed Texts

McClay, K.R. (1987) The Mapping of Geological Structures, Open University Press.
Barnes, J. (1991)  Basic Geological Mapping. The Geological Field Guide.

Assumed Knowledge

Prior completion of an introductory level Earth Science course would be an advantage.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2520
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3595 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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