• 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, Geography, Earth Physics, Geology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Trevor Ireland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

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 Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) students to undertake geochemical research projects in subsequent courses.

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. Apply analyses of materials.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Theory exam after the mid-semester break (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final exam (35) [LO 1,4,6]
  3. Seven best assignments based on the 10 practical exercises held weekly throughout the semester. (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 3 hour laboratory class per week.
  • Approximately 58 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must be enrolled in the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) or Master of Science in Earth Sciences.

Prescribed Texts

"Geochemistry" by William M. White

Assumed Knowledge

Basic chemistry and geology

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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
8753 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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