• 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, Geography, Earth Physics, Geology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Trevor Ireland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course will explore frontier geoscience problems in an holistic manner. In this course you will develop skills needed to define and interpret Earth's history, and past and present environmental change. You will learn about the application of chemistry to the Earth Sciences and have the opportunity to work in the field to learn practical skills in natural chemical processes. Major areas covered include elemental transport by water, the chemical composition of rocks and the use of isotopes as tracers of geological processes. This course will test your ability to synthesize course content and demonstrate an understanding of Earth and surfacial interactions.

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. Understand the behaviour of elements in a geochemical context and relate this to how elements redistribute within the Earth.
  2. Learn to think of Earth chemistry in terms of interactions between reservoirs.
  3. Understand the major processes that form and modify the Earth's crust and mantle.
  4. Use isotopes to trace geological processes and age date specific events.
  5. Evaluate published geochemical and isotopic data.
  6. Understand the theory and applications of analysis of materials.
  7. Work as a team in the field.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Theory exam after the mid-semester break (35% LO 1–4).
  • Final exam (35% LO 1, 4–6).
  • Seven best assignments based on the 10 practical exercises held weekly throughout the semester. (30%, LO1–7).

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Workload

This course will include 36 hours of lectures, 33 hours of laboratory classes and a local weekend field trip.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed CHEM1101 and EMSC2023.

Prescribed Texts

"Geochemistry" by William M. White

Assumed Knowledge

Basic chemistry and geology

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9594 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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