• Class Number 3710
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Antony Burnham
    • Dr Antony Burnham
    • Prof David Ellis
    • Prof Hugh O'Neill
    • EmPr Ian Campbell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to understand the processes and environments in which magmatic and metamorphic rocks form, including the following topics: the relations between crystallisation and deformation in metamorphic rocks and their link to evolution of orogens; reconstruction of plate tectonic processes from detailed investigation at a grain scale; construction and detailed interpretation of phase diagrams; the role of fluid phases and the use of mineralogy, trace elements, and radiogenic and stable isotopes to constrain magmatic and metamorphic processes.

Laboratory: Characterisation and interpretation of microstructures in igneous and metamorphic rocks using the optical microscope, numerical modelling of trace element fractionation, construction and interpretation of phase diagrams, and fieldwork.


Honours pathway option (HPO)

Additional coursework exercises, of greater conceptual difficulty and requiring an advanced scientific understanding, will be made available for students enrolled in the Honours pathway option (HPO).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise key metamorphic and magmatic minerals in hand specimens and thin sections and classify magmatic and metamorphic rocks based on their mineralogy.
  2. Reconstruct conditions of rock formation from the texture and composition of minerals.
  3. Explain rock forming processes and their links to tectonic environments.
  4. Construct phase diagrams and use them to interpret rock textures and rock forming processes.
  5. Interpret petrological information from the scientific literature.
  6. Perform calculations to model the behaviour of trace and major elements, and interpret the results.
  7. Understand igneous and metamorphic processes.

Research-Led Teaching

Lectures, practicals and the poster assessment will contain examples from recent and classic research papers.

Field Trips

There will be a weekend (Sat - Sun, 18 - 19 April) trip to Cooma to examine the metamorphic and igneous sequences in the region. Students who do not want to participate in the field trip should approach the course convener.

Additional Course Costs

The field trip will cost $65 including accommodation, meals not included.

Examination Material or equipment

All required material will be provided in the exam.

Required Resources

Calculator and laptop will be useful for practicals.

Will be posted on Wattle throughout the course of the semester.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Other Information

Please note that all assessments described above are provisional and will be confirmed in class.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The first six weeks will focus on ultramafic and mafic systems. 3 x 1hr lectures and 1 x 3hr practical class per week.
2 Weeks 7 - 9 will focus on metamorphism. 3 x 1hr lectures and 1 x 3hr practical class per week.
3 Weeks 10 - 12 will focus on granites and volcanic hazards.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quick quizzes 10 % * * 7
Laboratory work 20 % * * 2,4,6
Field trip notebook and report 10 % 20/04/2020 28/04/2020 1,3,5
Poster presentation 20 % * * 5
Practical exam 20 % 28/05/2020 02/07/2020 1,6
Theory exam 20 % * * 3,7

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Coursework items will be due on the dates indicated above.

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 to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 7

Quick quizzes

Short in-class quizzes to assist and assess uptake of each week's lecture material. These will be held at the start of Wednesday's lecture for the first six weeks (i.e. 26 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr), with answers given out immediately after the test to reinforce learning. Contact the lecturer in advance to make alternate arrangements if you are unable to attend.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,6

Laboratory work

Each week's practical class will be due for submission by 2 pm the following Thursday (i.e. 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr). Work will be handed back the following week. The best 5 of 6 practicals will contribute to the overall mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 28/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Field trip notebook and report

Keep a field note book during the field trip (18 - 19 April 2020) and answer questions using your own observations and information contained within the field guide. Notebooks will be due at 9 am the day after the field trip.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 5

Poster presentation

Prepare a poster (A0 , landscape) on a specified volcanic province or region using peer-reviewed literature to inform you. Prepare and deliver a 3-minute presentation to summarise the poster and answer questions on your volcanic province or region. The poster session will be at 5 - 8 pm on either 12 or 14 May. Please contact the course convener if you cannot attend either of these sessions.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,6

Practical exam

Examine thin sections, answer questions, perform calculations as specified. 1 hour.

Please check the course Wattle site to confirm the date, time and location of this exam which will likely be on 28 May 2020.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,7

Theory exam

2.5 hours to answer a mix of short and long answer questions.

Please check the course Wattle site to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam, which will be held in the period 4 - 6 June 2020.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
  • Quick quizzes cannot be taken after the lecture for which they are scheduled.

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

Student marks will be emailed out with feedback within two weeks of the submission deadline. Where hard copies are submitted, these can be collected from the lecturer after the release of marks.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

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).

Dr Antony Burnham
02 6125 8842

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Dr Antony Burnham

Monday 14:00 17:00
Tuesday 14:00 17:00
Friday 14:00 17:00
Dr Antony Burnham
02 6125 8842

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Dr Antony Burnham

Monday 14:00 17:00
Tuesday 14:00 17:00
Friday 14:00 17:00
Prof David Ellis
612 53406

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Prof David Ellis

Prof Hugh O'Neill
02 6125 5159

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Prof Hugh O'Neill

EmPr Ian Campbell
02 6125 4366

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EmPr Ian Campbell

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