Available in 2018

Course handbook


Geological mapping is a key tool in understanding past environments and the processes that shape Planet Earth. This course provides an introduction to geological structures, and equips students with the skills to resolve the deformation processes operating in the earth's crust through the description, analysis and mapping of deformed rocks. The course consists of a series of lectures and laboratory classes during the first half of the semester, as well as a week-long field mapping exercise run during the mid semester break. The mapping module builds on the introductory field mapping course (GEOS 2080), using more complex geological environments. The fieldwork focuses on the relations between sediment deposition and folding and faulting in dynamic tectonic systems.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Have a knowledge base in understanding the concepts of structural geology;

2. Have an intermediate-level of skill in field mapping techniques as a link in the overall training of a professional geologist;

3. Have further experience in observational, problem-solving, organisational, communication and critical skills.


Basic concepts of structural geology including stress and strain.
Behaviour of crustal materials.
Faulting - brittle and ductile.

A 7-day trip mapping geological structures. The field course will focus on applying skills developed in the lecture/laboratory component part of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing the skills required to map folds, faults and sedimentary relationships in a deformed terrain.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Field Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab Exercises

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • 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


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 56 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Note: Field study involves a 7-day field mapping course (mid-semester break)


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks