Igneous Petrology & Crustal Evolution
|Course code GEOS3110||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty 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
|Objectives||On 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.
|Content||The 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
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
|Teaching Methods||Problem Based Learning|
|Contact Hours||Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks|
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3110|