- Code EMSC2024
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Climate, Earth Physics, Geology, Environmental Science
In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
This course will explore frontier geoscience problems in a holistic manner. In this course you will develop skills needed to define and interpret Earth's history, and past and present environmental change. You will learn about the application of chemistry to the Earth Sciences. Major areas covered include elemental transport by water, the chemical composition of rocks and the use of isotopes as tracers of geological processes. This course will test your ability to synthesise course content and demonstrate an understanding of interactions between solid Earth materials and surficial processes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the behaviour of elements in a geochemical context and relate this to how elements redistribute within the Earth.
- Learn to think of Earth chemistry in terms of interactions between reservoirs.
- Understand the major processes that form and modify the Earth's crust and mantle.
- Use isotopes to trace geological processes and age date specific events.
- Evaluate published geochemical and isotopic data.
- Understand the theory and applications of analysis of materials.
- Theory exam 1 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Theory exam 2 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Eight best assignments based on 10 assessable practical exercises held weekly throughout the semester (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Weekly face-to-face component which will consist of 1 x 2 hours lectures, 1 x 3 hours laboratory class (including a 1 hour tutorial at the end in some weeks)
- Approximately 70 hours of self directed study which will include answering questions provided in the lectures and recap of material using recommended texts, preparation for laboratory classes (or alternative tasks for off-shore students), assignments and other assessment tasks, preparation for written examinations (or oral examinations for off-shore students).
Adjustment for remote delivery due to the COVID pandemic will be detailed in the class summary.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed Texts"Geochemistry" by William M. White
Assumed KnowledgeBasic chemistry and geology
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