- Class Number 3167
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Andrew Berry
- Prof Andrew Berry
- Dr Antony Burnham
- Prof Gregory Yaxley
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise key metamorphic and magmatic minerals in hand specimens and thin sections and classify magmatic and metamorphic rocks based on their mineralogy.
- Reconstruct conditions of rock formation from the texture and composition of minerals.
- Explain rock forming processes and their links to tectonic environments.
- Construct phase diagrams and use them to interpret rock textures and rock forming processes.
- Interpret petrological information from the scientific literature.
- Perform calculations to model the behaviour of trace and major elements, and interpret the results.
- Understand igneous and metamorphic processes.
Lectures, practicals and the assessment will contain examples from recent and classic research papers.
There will be a weekend (Sat - Sun, 2-3 April, mid-semester break) trip to Cooma to examine the metamorphic and igneous sequences in the region. Students who are unable to participate in the field trip should approach the course convener.
Please see the field trip information page for more information.
Additional Course Costs
The field trip will cost $70 including accommodation, meals not included.
Examination Material or equipment
All required material will be provided in the exam.
Calculator and laptop will be useful for practicals. Please advise the convenor if you do not have a laptop.
Will be posted on Wattle throughout the course of the semester.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
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
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.
Please note that all assessments described above are provisional and will be confirmed in class.
Remore participants should contact the course convener in the first week to discuss arrangements for their participation in practicals and the field trip. All parts of the course can be offered remotely as well as in-person, with some adaptation and adjustments.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Weeks 1 - 4 will focus on ultramafic and mafic systems. 2 x 1hr lectures and 2 x 2hr lecture/practical classes per week.||see Assessment Tasks|
|2||Weeks 5 - 8 will focus on metamorphism and granites. 2 x 1hr lectures and 2 x 2hr lecture/practical classes per week.||see Assessment Tasks|
|3||Weeks 9 - 12 will focus on subduction zone magmatism, continental rifting, intermediate rocks and granites. 2 x 1hr lectures and 2 x 2hr lecture/practical classes per week.||see Assessment Tasks|
|4||A weekend field trip will be held during the mid-semester break (April 2-3).||see Assessment Tasks|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Lecture Quiz||10 %||*||*||2,3,4,7|
|Practical Quiz||10 %||*||*||1|
|Field Trip Notebook and Report||10 %||11/04/2022||21/04/2022||1,3,5|
|Oral Presentation||15 %||19/05/2022||26/05/2022||5|
|Practical Exam||20 %||27/05/2022||10/06/2022||1,6|
|Theory Exam||35 %||*||*||2,3,4,6,7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
This course includes on campus/in person activities that cannot be adjusted for remote participants.
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 (the 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
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,7
Short in-class quizzes to assist and assess uptake of lecture material. The best five out of seven marks will count towards the overall mark. The quizzes will take place at the start of Friday's practical class in teaching weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Short in-class quizzes to assist and assess uptake of practical material. The best two out of three marks will count towards the overall mark. The quizzes will take place at the start of Friday's practical class in teaching weeks 4, 7 and 10.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5
Field Trip Notebook and Report
Keep a field notebook during the field trip (mid-semester break, 2-3 April 2022) 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
Learning Outcomes: 5
Prepare and deliver a 12 minute oral presentation on a specified volcanic province or region using peer-reviewed literature to inform you. The presentations will be delivered in the practical sessions in teaching week 11.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,6
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 is likely to be in the Friday practical of teaching week 12.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,6,7
2 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 date on which they are scheduled.
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.
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
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Prof Andrew Berry
Prof Andrew Berry
Dr Antony Burnham