Earth Science Field Course

Course code GEOS2080Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

GEOS2080 exposes students to a broad range of skills required by professional Earth Scientists and Geologists. Topographic map and aerial photo interpretation are covered and basic geometric and surveying principles are introduced. Field investigations are used to illustrate how these skills are applied. There are two field components to the course. The major field component of the course deals with the interpretation of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, the mapping of igneous plutons and metamorphic sequences, the production of stratigraphic logs and the preparation of a detailed field report including the presentation of geological and environmental data. Another component covers geometric and surveying principles, as well as local sedimentology and stratigraphic interpretation.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents in this course will:

1. Develop field skills required by professional Earth Scientists and Geologists
2. Develop the skills to observe basic and complex topographical and geological relationships and record data in a field setting.
3. Understand basic field geometric and surveying principles
4. Develop the skills to measure, record, present and interpret structural geological data.
5. Learn to identify rocks and minerals from hand specimens.
6. Learn to identify geological processes and interpret environments from detailed field and geological observations.
7. Develop the skills to produce geological maps and stratigraphic logs from field observations.
8. Learn to present geological and environmental information in the form of a scientific report.
9. Develop the skills to assess risks associated with different activities associated with the professional practice as Earth Scientists and Geologists.
ContentThe course material will be in the form of introductory and background lectures and exercises where a number of the field skills will be covered. These will be demonstrated during the field trip. Core skills will include compass traverse, surveying, stratigraphic logging and map interpretation where students will be required to complete a number of exercises. The field trip will be undertaken where the mapping and surveying skills will be applied with students producing a report on an area, including a detailed map, cross-sections, and stratigraphic and structural interpretations. As part of this course an introduction to the geology of the local area will be provided.
Replacing Course(s)GEOS2150 Geology Field Course
TransitionNot to count with GEOS2150.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS1040 Earth's Dynamic Systems and GEOS1050 Earth Processes and Products.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Laboratory Exercises(i) Exercises on field and mapping skills
(ii)Exercises on the creation and interpretation of geological maps
Contact HoursPractical: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Field Study: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS2080