The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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 section examines the changes in continental building processes through time, from Archaean to present, using the Australian continent as the example.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a broad overview of the geological discipline

2. Understand how the fundamental aspects of geology interrelate

3. Develop problem solving abilities

4. Through a bank of knowledge, evaluate competing models

5. 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

Requisite

Students must have successfully completed GEOS2170 to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

GEOS3110Igneous Petrology and Crustal EvolutionThe 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 section examines the changes in continental building processes through time, from Archaean to present, using the Australian continent as the example.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195980Semester 2 - 2019ONLINEOnline2019GEOS2170The course is structured in the following order:

geochemical principles and computer modelling

petrogenesis of basalts at mid-ocean ridges, oceanic islands, subduction zones and backarc basins

petrogenesis of andesites at destructive plate margins

petrogenesis of granites at destructive plate margins.

petrogenesis of Archaean granites

Modern plate tectonic processes: principles and applications

Australian continental growth in the Mesozoic

Australian continental growth in the Paleozoic

Australian continental growth in the Proterozoic

Australian continental growth in the Archaean YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Develop a broad overview of the geological discipline2Understand how the fundamental aspects of geology interrelate3Develop problem solving abilities4Through a bank of knowledge, evaluate competing models5Gain experience through laboratories and reports/assignments, which develop written and interpersonal communication skills Students must have successfully completed GEOS2170 to enrol in this course.Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: PracticalsPresentation: Student SeminarsFormal Examination: Formal Examination Callaghan and OnlineLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for12Weeks0External students: 7 day residential school to be run mid-semester concentrating on practical work (including fieldwork). Recorded lectures attached to Powerpoint presentations available via Blackboard. Comprehensive course notes to be provided.LectureFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for13Weeks0


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practicals

Presentation: Student Seminars

Formal Examination: Formal Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan and Online

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

External students: 7 day residential school to be run mid-semester concentrating on practical work (including fieldwork). Recorded lectures attached to Powerpoint presentations available via Blackboard. Comprehensive course notes to be provided.

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks