• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course is designed to develop an advanced understanding of deformation processes and structures produced by displacement and deformation in the Earth's lithosphere at scales ranging from the tectonic plate scale, down to the crystal lattice scale. Emphasis is placed on understanding (1) the geometry and types of structures produced by complex crustal deformation histories involving contractional, extensional and wrench regimes, (2) the deformation processes which control the microstructural evolution of deformed rocks, (3) factors influencing the strength and mechanical behaviour of the Earth's crust and underlying mantle lithosphere, (4) deformational controls on crustal-scale fluid flow and applications to understanding ore genesis and earthquake processes, and (5) the large-scale geodynamic processes controlling plate motions and crustal deformation.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC3002) 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, map and interpret the geological structure of deformed continental regimes, from mildly deformed upper crustal regimes to complexly deformed, deeper crustal regimes, using a variety of techniques including geological field observations, drill-hole data, remotely sensed data (including geophysical datasets) and microstructural analysis.
  2. Interpret the relative timing of formation of structures, the kinematics of deformation, and the progressive deformation histories in these regimes.
  3. Interpret stress regimes and fluid pressure histories during continental deformation.
  4. Predict the geometry and location of structures at depth or in areas of poor outcrop.
  5. Apply an understanding of structural geology in the mining and resource exploration environment.

Other Information

There will be a 2 day field trip to Bermagui.  Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip; in 2015 it was $135.  Payment may be made online at ScienceShop http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • 1-hour mid-semester exam (10%; LO 1, 3)
  • Laboratory assignments and homework problems (30%; LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Theory exam at the end of semester (45%; LO 1-5)
  • Report based on Bermagui Field trip (15%; LO 1, 2)

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC3002) 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, plus weekend field trip to Bermagui (dates to be negotiated)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed EMSC2012 or EMSC6031. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3002 or GEOL3002.

Prescribed Texts

Davis, G.H. and Reynolds, S.J. (1996) Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, 2nd ed, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Preliminary Reading

Mc Clay, K.R., The Mapping of Geological Structures, John Wiley and Sons, 1999.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor degree


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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
2963 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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