Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

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


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

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Practicals

Presentation: Student Seminars

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


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.


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