• 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, Geology

Advanced field mapping in a deformed terrain,  teaching the skills required to make a map when the geology is  complicated. The field component is held over two weeks in late June/July and maps are submitted for assessment at the end of the field period. Graduate student reports will be completed by the end of July.

NOTE: Graduate students will attend joint classes with undergraduates, but will be required to complete additional assessment, which will require a greater level of conceptual understanding.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course students will:
  1. Develop an advanced knowledge of field mapping techniques.
  2. Identify, characterize, and develop solutions to field-based problems:  Respond to problems by developing and applying a program to collect, analyze, and organise information and ideas in a coherent manner. Develop interpretations of field data and convey these ideas clearly through the use of a map.
  3. Analyse data collected in the field using a variety of techniques including steronets, 2-D and 3-D models to develop an understanding of the geological history of an area. Students will learn to present these results in professional and succinct manner in the form of a 2500 word report.
  4. Develop the advanced skills to formulate a map with the framework of current best practice.
  5. Interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome; generate ideas and adapt innovatively to changing environments; work and learn independently in a remote setting; evaluate opinions, make decisions and to reflect critically on the justifications for decisions.
  6. Formulate an advanced understanding of social and civic responsibilities in and out of the field. This will involve understanding and respect of the ethics and ethical standards used in the exploration and mining business and developing an understanding of other cultures and times and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Indicative Assessment

Based on the quality of the maps and cross- sections produced in the field, plus a participation component.  Field notebooks will be also examined as supplementary material.

Assessment is detailed below:(Learning Outcomes 1-6)

Mapping in the field:   85% of total mark (see breakdown below)

Moondarra Mapping exercise          50% of mapping mark
Individual mapping                           10% of mapping mark
Mica creek outcrop mapping            10% of mapping mark
Mica creek                                        30% of mapping mark

Graduate assessment - 2500 word report detailing the geological history and undertaking a structural analysis of the Moondarra Area: 15% of total mark

This assessment is designed to allow graduate students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the area and to allow analysis of the data collected during the field trip.

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Two weeks intensive field mapping to be held in the break between semesters 1 and 2

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC3001

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

The Mapping of Geological Structures, K. R. McClay
Geological Field Techniques, A. Coe
The Techniques of Modern Structural Geology, J. G. Ramsay and M. Huber

Assumed Knowledge

It is expected that students have completed EMSC3002/EMSC6030 Structural Geology and Tectonics and EMSC3024/EMSC6024 before attempting this course


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
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6783 01 Jul 2018 06 Jul 2018 06 Jul 2018 22 Jul 2018 In Person N/A

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