• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Climate, Earth Physics, Geology, Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Jochen Brocks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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. This course will prepare students in the Master of Science in Earth Sciences or Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) programs to undertake geochemical research projects in subsequent courses.


Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the behaviour of elements in a geochemical context and relate this knowledge to how elements redistribute within the Earth.
  2. Learn to interpret and explain interactions between Earth reservoirs.
  3. Understand and interpret the major processes that form and modify the Earth's crust and mantle.
  4. Use isotopes to trace geological processes and age date specific events.
  5. Evaluate published geochemical and isotopic data.
  6. Understand the theory and applications of analysis of materials.
  7. Independently research a geochemical topic and present this to the class

Indicative Assessment

  1. Theory exam 1 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Theory exam 2 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research project and peer-to-peer presentation (15) [LO 7]
  4. Practical exercises (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  5. Final exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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, 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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) or the Master of Science in Earth Sciences. Incompatible with EMSC2024.

Prescribed Texts

"Geochemistry" by William M. White

Assumed Knowledge

Basic chemistry and geology equivalent to CHEM1101 and EMSC2023

Fees

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:
2
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.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6178 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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