• 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, Science Communication, Geology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is for Honours students

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]

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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

To enrol in this course you must be active in EMCS-HSPC or POTE-HSPC Incompatible with EMSC8021

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

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

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

This is an Honours course. 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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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