• 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, Science Communication, Geology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Antony Burnham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

This course consists of a series of advanced modules from the discipline areas of geochemistry and petrology. The course combines advanced theory in these areas with integrated case studies and applications related to current research topics. The course provides an introduction to some frontier topics that fall outside of traditional geochemistry courses, in addition to more detailed coverage of some fundamental areas of geochemistry and petrology, which underpin student research projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe, define and compare advanced geochemical and petrological processes and variables.
  2. Interpret, quantify and explain relevant geochemical, thermodynamic and petrological constraints on research problems in the Earth and planetary sciences.
  3. Synthesize, interpret and critically evaluate peer-reviewed geochemical and petrological literature.
  4. Communicate both orally and in writing, to a peer audience.
  5. Formulate and develop simple thermodynamic and numerical models using Microsoft Excel and Python.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral and written syntheses, which interpret and critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Processing and interpretation of complex data sets, including cutting-edge laboratory data generated at RSES (40) [LO 5]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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The course is intensively taught with varying contact hours; in most weeks there are three 3-hour blocks that consist of a lecture followed by a practical. The Course guide on Wattle will give up-to-date information about the exact scheduling of classes.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must be enrolled in the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) or the Master of Science in Earth Sciences Incompatible with EMSC4121

Prescribed Texts

Reading material will be uploaded to Wattle as and when required.

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

An undergraduate-level background in Earth Sciences or an equivalent level of exposure to some fundamental concepts in mineralogy, volcanology, solid-state chemistry or planetary processes.


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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9714 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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