Igneous Petrology & Crustal Evolution

Course code GEOS3110Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The first section of this course provides a detailed analysis of the major tectonic and petrological processes involved in the generation of the major rock groups on the planet (basalts, andesites, granites). The second examines the changes in continental building processes through time, from Archaean to present, using the Australian continent as the example.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course students will:

1. Develop a broad overview of the geological discipline.
2. Understand how the fundamental aspects of geology interrelate.
2. Develop problem solving abilities
3. Through a bank of knowledge, evaluate competing models.
4. Gain experience through laboratories and reports/assignments, which develop written and interpersonal communication skills.
ContentThe course is structured in the following order:
1. geochemical principles and computer modelling
2. petrogenesis of basalts at mid-ocean ridges, oceanic islands, subduction zones and backarc basins
3. petrogenesis of andesites at destructive plate margins
4. petrogenesis of granites at destructive plate margins.
5. petrogenesis of Archaean granites
6. Modern plate tectonic processes: principles and applications
7. Australian continental growth in the Mesozoic
8. Australian continental growth in the Paleozoic
9. Australian continental growth in the Proterozoic
10. Australian continental growth in the Archaean
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2170
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Field Study
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3110