Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


GEOS2080 exposes students to a broad range of skills required by professional Earth Scientists and Geologists. Field investigations are used to illustrate how these skills are applied. 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 data.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Observe geological relationships and record data in a field setting;

2. Measure, record, present and interpret structural geological data and maps;

3. Identify geological processes and interpret environments from detailed field and geological observations;

4. Produce geological maps and stratigraphic logs from field observations;

5. Present geological and environmental information in the form of a scientific report.


  • Stratigraphic logging
  • Mapping including cross-sections, and stratigraphic and structural interpretations
  • Local area geology features
  • 2 and 3 dimensional geological problem solving  


Students must have successfully completed GEOS1050 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

GEOS1040 Earth's Dynamic Systems and GEOS1050 Earth Processes and Products.

Assessment items

Report: 6 x Excursion Reports

In Term Test: Open Book Practical Examination

Professional Task: Geological Map

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term

NOTE: The Course requires the attendance at field trip.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 hours per week for 4 weeks.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.