• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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:

  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.

Other Information

The field trip date is expected to be early July. The course is run in a collaboration with the University of Queensland

Students will be required to pay for their own transport to Mt Isa. and a contribution to the field trip expenses in addition to normal course fees. As an indication, in 2019 the field trip expenses were $600 plus meals and accommodation. For more information see class summary when published. Field trip payments are to be made via Scienceshop .

If you are interested in doing this course please contact either the course convenor kathryn.hayward@anu.edu.au or email student.admin.rses@anu.edu.au for consent to enrol.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Indicative assessment is 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. (null) [LO null]
  2. Mapping in the field (Moondarra mapping exercise, individual mapping , Mica creek outcrop mapping , Mica creek mapping) (85) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. 2500 word report detailing the geological history and undertaking a structural analysis of the Moondarra Area (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Intensive face-to-face component comprising two weeks field mapping to be held in the break between semesters 1 and 2
  • Approximately 30 hours of self-study which will include preparation and completion of assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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.

Prescribed Texts


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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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