• Class Number 9104
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Andrew Berry
    • AsPr Andrew Berry
    • Dr Caroline Eakin
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an introduction to the chemistry, physics and climate of the Earth.  The course comprises four equally-weighted modules:

  1. Geochemistry: magmas, volcanoes, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes.
  2. Geophysics: plate tectonics, seismology, heat transfer, and Earth's magnetic field.
  3. Palaeoclimate: factors affecting Earth's climate in the past, present and future.
  4. Field Geology: interpreting changes in tectonics and climate from the rock record.

Mineral and rock identification, field techniques (mapping, cross sections, stratigraphy), data analysis, and numerical modelling will be taught in this course.  

NOTE: Graduate students will attend joint classes with undergraduates, but will be assessed under a different scheme, 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 have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Examine minerals and rocks and understand the mechanisms by which they formed.
  2. Develop a geological history (e.g. climate, tectonics) of a region from multiple lines of evidence provided by the rock record.
  3. Develop a conceptual understand relating the history of the Earth to processes that shape our planet today.
  4. Synthesise field observations with theory learned in lectures.
  5. Analyze the role of geological processes in natural hazards.
  6. Explain how different geophysical techniques constrain the structure of the Earth.
  7. Compare changes in past environments from different environmental archives and examine these changes in the context of potential impacts of future climate change.

Field Trips

South Coast NSW, 9-13 September

Additional Course Costs

Field Trip ~ $350, includes all transport, accommodation, and meals.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
2 Geology: Lectures and one practical
3 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
4 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
5 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
6 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
7 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical
8 Geophysics: Lectures and one practical Geophysics Practical Test
9 Geology: Lectures and one practical
10 Geology: Lectures and one practical
11 Geology: Lectures and one practical
12 Geology: Lectures and one practical Geology Practical Test

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Geophysics Practical Test 15 % 26/09/2019 03/10/2018 3
Geology Practical Test 15 % 24/10/2019 31/10/2018 1
Field Trip 30 % 13/09/2019 03/10/2018 1, 2 ,4, 7
Theory Exam 40 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 2,3,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 26/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/10/2018
Learning Outcomes: 3

Geophysics Practical Test

Problem set. The test will assess understanding of the practical exercises in weeks 1 and 4-7. The test will take place during the practical in week 8.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 24/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/10/2018
Learning Outcomes: 1

Geology Practical Test

Identification of rocks and minerals. The test will assess understanding of the practical exercises in weeks 2-3 and 9-11. The test will take place during the practical in week 12.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 13/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/10/2018
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 ,4, 7

Field Trip

Assisted and independent field learning assessed by (i) observations and notes recorded in a field notebook (30%), (ii) preparation of a geological map (20%), construction of a geological cross section (20%), preparation of a stratigraphic column (20%), and an independent interpretation of the geology of an area (10%). All work is to be completed and submitted during the field trip.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5,6,7

Theory Exam

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assessments will be returned within 2 weeks to students

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is not permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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