• 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, Geography, Earth Physics, Geology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gregory Yaxley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Do you want to learn how to recognise and interpret rocks in the field and laboratory? In this course you will learn about basic geological concepts around the formation, evolution and deformation of rocks and geological structures in the solid earth. It will be divided into three sections; (i) sedimentology (ii) geological structures and (iii) igneous and metamorphic petrology. Part (i) deals with the formation of sedimentary rocks over a variety of depositional environments. Part (ii) is concerned with recognition and interpretation of basic geological structures such as faults and folds. Part (iii) covers the formation of magmas, igneous rocks and rock-forming silicate minerals, and the mineralogy and textures of metamorphic rocks.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, will have the skills and knowledge to:
  1. Classify rocks in hand specimen, in the field and in thin sections.
  2. Identify diverse sedimentary depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
  3. Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
  4. Map and quantitatively describe structures in simply folded and faulted regions in the field.
  5. Identify common rock-forming silicate minerals in thin sections in situ.
  6. Describe and recognise basic silicate mineral structures and formulas.
  7. Explain the pressure and temperature conditions and the geological settings in which these minerals form.
  8. Develop communication and teamwork skills while mapping in the field.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • In class assessment during practicals (LO 1 and 6): 20%
  • Assignments completed outside class (LO 5-7): 30%
  • Field based assessment (LO 2-4,8): 20%
  • Final practical examination (LO 1-7): 30%

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Workload

1-2 hours of lectures and a 3-4-hour practical per week. An additional four day field trip will take place during the mid-semester break. Some of the material will be based on online resources.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed EMSC1008.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts

Assumed Knowledge

Basic inorganic chemistry and mathematics

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4577 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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