Earth's Sedimentary Rocks and Environments
Available in 2013
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
The course examines the theories and concepts related to sedimentary facies, and depositional environments. The topics of the course are organised to introduce earths sedimentary rocks and their environments in a logical progression:
1. familiarisation with and interpretation of ancient and modern sedimentary environments in the field
2. familiarisation with transport processes of sedimentary rocks
3. provision of an overview of the principles of stratigraphy, including sequence stratigraphy
4. introduction to the microscopic petrological description of sedimentary rocks
This course has Compulsory Course Components and students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% overall in their laboratory and field trip reports.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the basic observational and analytical tools fundamental to the professional skills of the geologist and environmental scientist.
2. Critically discuss and evaluate theoretical concepts and ideas from sedimentary geology, sedimentary petrography and stratigraphy.
3. Explain that there are no right answers in sedimentology, but that student interpretations must be underpinned and supported by sound analytical and observational data.
4. Apply the theories and concepts to the practical and field environment.
5. Write reports and essays at an academically acceptable standard.
6. Support and elucidate report and essay written material with appropriate academically acceptable graphic illustrations.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of working in a group and debating ideas in a field and laboratory environment.
|Content||The course introduces the study of sedimentary rocks and environments. The aims of the course are to provide an understanding of the actual transport and depositional processes and resultant sedimentary structures and stratigraphy which characterise a range of sedimentary environments, and to develop personal skills in critically observing, analysing and reporting on field and practical examples of sediments.
Lectures examine and critically evaluate the theories and concepts underlying sedimentary geology and stratigraphy. Field trips provide necessary exposure to observation and interpretation of ancient and modern sedimentary environments, and laboratory work provides exposure to detailed observation, analysis and description of unconsolidated and thin sectioned sedimentary rocks under the microscope.
|Assumed Knowledge||GEOS1040, GEOS1050, GEOS2170|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Field Study
|Contact Hours||Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for GEOS2200|