The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course examines the geological processes of deformation and metamorphism. The practical component of this course focuses on introducing the key concepts behind metamorphic phase equilibria and mineral textural relationships. The course will provide students with the knowledge required to link metamorphism to structural studies (assumed knowledge from GEOS2190). This will result in an enhanced understanding of tectonic processes responsible for reworking continental regions. The field component provides an advanced field course in metamorphic and structural analysis and interpretation of complex, multiply deformed geological terrains. Detailed fieldwork will be augmented with microstructural analysis using thin sections, to determine a pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) history of the region, so that a tectonic setting can be evaluated.

NOTE: Field study will be scheduled prior to the formal commencement of semester.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Observe and characterise metamorphic mineral assemblages.

2. Develop an understanding of metamorphic phase equilibria.

3. Develop a high degree of mapping skills.

4. Develop skills for microstructural interpretation.

5. Learn to present geological information in the form of a scientific report.

6. Develop research and communication skills and be able to present written reports.


Lecture ComponentPrinciples of metamorphism.Metamorphic rocks and facies..Metamorphic mineral textures and microstructure.Metamorphic phase equilibria.P-T paths and tectonic environments.Multi deformation - structural inheritanceField Component:8 days of high-level field mapping in a complex, multi deformed and metamorphosed geological environment. A major aim of the exercise is to unravel the geological and tectonic evolution of the region and write up as a report.


Students must have successfully completed GEOS2170 or GEOS2190 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

GEOS2080 and GEOS2190

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Examination

Report: Field Report and Map

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • 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 safety and/or fieldwork induction.

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 70 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Field study is carried out during the mid semester break


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


Face to Face On Campus 11 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Includes induction