• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bradley Opdyke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course will cover:

  • The weathering of rocks, and the development of Regolith.
  • Development of soils.
  • Sediments, cations and anions will be tracked into various depositional  environments, from rivers, to deserts, to marginal marine environments to the  deep sea.
  • Fundamental concepts for deciphering depositional environments such as  sedimentary textures and structures.
  • Treatment of modern Stratigraphic disciplines: Lithostratigraphy,  Magnetostratigraphy, Seismic Stratigraphy, Chronostratigraphy and Geologic Time.

Laboratory: Practical work will be designed to help students recognise  sedimentary structures in hand specimen and microscopic thin section. Students  will be taught to recognise depositional environments in the field during a  field trip to the NSW South Coast.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC2014)  but will be assessed separately. including a requirment to co do a research  paper.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Observe and compare sedimentary depositional environments from outcrops, drill cores and diagrams.

2. Apply stratigraphic methods to analyse the evolution of past environments .

3. Explain the basic principles, chemical and physical processess at the surface of the Earth.

4. Describe the debates and history of the early thinkers in Geology and explain how that has influenced modern Earth Science.

5. Recognise and examine fundamental weathering processes.

Other Information

There will be a weekend fieldtrip to the NSW South Coast. The  cost of this trip in 2015 was $175.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Theory Exam (50%, LO 1-5)
  • Laboratory and field work reports (30%, LO 1 - 3 & 5)
  • Research paper (20%, LO 1 - 3 & 5)

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3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of laboratory per week, total 65 contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level EMSC or CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC2014 or GEOL2014.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor degree including Earth Science/Geology or Chemistry to a first year level


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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
1936 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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