The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

Structural geology is the branch of Earth Sciences that explores how rocks deform. A solid understanding of structural geology is paramount to the resource sector as well as the environment sector because geological structures associated with deformation often control where mineral resources are located underground and how fluids may migrate through bedrocks. This course builds on the introduction into structural geology and field mapping techniques introduced in GEOS1050 and GEOS2080 respectively. It provides the necessary foundation for understanding the evolution through time of tectonic plates and the shaping of the planet, by explaining the concepts of rock mechanics and the formation of deformation structures in rocks. Through hands-on laboratory activities and field applications, you will learn to 1) identify and describe deformation structures, 2) measure and report the attributes of deformation, 3) analyse measures of deformation, and 4) build a cross-section through a folded terrane to demonstrate an understanding of three-dimensional deformation structures.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe deformation structures;

2. Measure and report attributes of deformation;

3. Analyse measures of deformation;

4. Build a cross-section through a folded terrane to demonstrate an understanding of three-dimensional deformation structures.


Content

Lectures/Laboratories:

  • Concepts of rock mechanics including stress and strain, rheology
  • Deformation structures: folding, faulting, shear zones
  • Analysis of three-dimensional data with projections

Fieldwork: A 5-day trip mapping geological structures. The field course focuses on applying skills developed in the lecture/laboratory component part of the course. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the skills required to map and analyse folds and faults in a deformed terrane.


Requisite

Students must have successfully completed GEOS2080 to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

GEOS2080


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Field Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab Exercises


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must participate in the field trip and complete the related assessment items.
  • Field Study: 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 field trip safety induction.
  • Laboratory: 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

Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 35 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Note: Field study involves a 5-day field course

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks