• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Stewart Fallon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2018
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This course has a quota of 23 and permission is required to enrol in this course. Please register interest by emailing course convener or student.admin.rses@anu.edu.au. (It is advisable to to this before the end of semester 1).

This intensive field course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of modern and fossil carbonate environments, and the role of biological processes in reef building and erosion. It complements EMSC3023 Marine Biogeochemistry and BIOL3116 Marine Ecology, and is for students seeking a profession in the petroleum industry, marine biology, environmental science or geochemistry. Several days will be spent at a coral reef location studying a modern reefal setting, fossil reef depositional environments and relevant biological processes. Activities will include both advanced lectures and field surveys.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course students will have gained the knowledge and skills to :

1.  Recognise and map different environments and bio-zones on a carbonate reef platform.

2.  Apply field techniques used to describe and assess carbonate reef ecosystems

3.  Produce maps of the reef flat.

4.  Describe the history of deposition of carbonate reef platforms over Holocene time.

5.  Gain a working knowledge of how to do measure carbonate chemistry in the field

6.  Demonstrate understanding of basic biological processes of coral reefs.

7. Identify the major issues facing the future of carbonate reef ecosystems and the strategies that may be used to address these threats.

Other Information

The fieldtrip is usually held in late November / December  (Spring Session) or early January (Summer Session) with a location of either One Tree Island or Heron Island, Queensland. 

The fieldtrip cost in 2015 was $950 plus return transport to Gladstone and normal course fees.

2016 dates not yet available.

This course has a quota of 23 and permission is required to enrol.  Please register interest by emailing the course convenor or student.admin.rses@anu.edu.au. (It is advisable to to this before the end of semester 1).

Indicative Assessment

Indicative Assessment

  • Field map  (20% LO 1-3)
  • Research Report  (40% LO 1-3)
  • Theory examination, 2 hours, (40% LO 1 and 4-7)
Note: To complete the course students must attend the field trip and complete the three on-course assessment tasks. All assessment items are hurdle assessments for the course.

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Summer intensive field course to be held either in November/December or early in January.

Students are expected to work individually and in groups.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC6119

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in 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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9451 18 Nov 2018 07 Dec 2018 07 Dec 2018 22 Feb 2019 In Person N/A

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