- Code EMSC6123
- 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, Geography, Earth Physics, Geology
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. The material learned in this course will give you the background needed to tackle the big questions facing our planet in subsequent courses.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Classify rocks in hand specimen, in the field and in thin sections.
- Identify diverse sedimentary depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
- Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
- Map and quantitatively describe structures in simply folded and faulted regions in the field.
- Identify common rock-forming silicate minerals in thin sections in situ.
- Describe and recognise basic silicate mineral structures and formulas.
- Explain the pressure and temperature conditions and the geological settings in which these minerals form.
- Interpret geological information
- Develop communication and teamwork skills while mapping in the field.
Over the first week of the mid semester teaching break (usually in April) we will spend six nights mapping at Wee Jasper. As an indication, this field trip cost students $500 in 2019.
Field trip payments are to be made via Scienceshop .
- In class assessment during practicals (20) [LO 1,6]
- Assignments completed outside class (30) [LO 5,6,7]
- Field based assessment (20) [LO 2,3,4,8,9]
- Final practical examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1 and 1 x 2 hour lectures, plus 1 x 3-4 hour practical per week
- An additional six day field trip will take place during the mid-semester break.
- Approximately 30 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students in this course must typically participate in an approximately 6 day field trip. This requires students to be able to:
- Travel to the field location and stay in field accommodation such as shared basic cabins or dorm rooms;
- Safely traverse short distances (approximately 10-500m) over uneven ground.
Students who cannot meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor. Please see the trip information page for more information.
Prescribed TextsNo prescribed texts
Preliminary ReadingWinter, J.: Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Prentice Hall
Gill, R.C.O: Igneous Rocks & Processes, Wiley-Blackwell
Klein, C & Philpotts, A: Earth Materials — Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology. Cambridge
Assumed KnowledgeBasic inorganic chemistry and mathematics
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