GEOLOGY 1100 - Earth's Interior I

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2017

This course provides a global perspective of Planet Earth and the dynamic processes that have modified it over its 4 billion-year history. We explore Earth's place in space and time and examine the operation of its internal chemical and physical processes. Fundamental concepts are developed: the formation and structure of the Earth; the driving forces of plate tectonics and continental drift; earthquakes and volcanoes, the formation and identification of geological materials, mountain building and rock deformation; the development of the geologic timescale. Emphasis is given to the geological evolution of Australia.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOLOGY 1100
    Course Earth's Interior I
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week, plus field work (or Intensive in Summer School)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEOLOGY 1104,
    Assessment Written exams, assignments, practical work
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Alan Collins

    Course Coordinator: Professor Karin Barovich
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    A successful student should be able to:
    1 demonstrate proficiency in practical skills relevant to an introductory geology course
    2 describe the earth's interior, including the structure, composition, and magnetic field;
    3 explain the internal processes acting on the Earth;
    4 describe the theory of plate tectonics and relate this theory to geologic processes and structures such as volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain chains, continents and ocean floors;
    5 understand and describe the formation and physical properties of minerals and rocks and use that knowledge to identify them;
    6 describe rock processes in terms of plate tectonics;
    7 explain earth structures and be able to distinguish three-dimensional rock structures and faults from geologic maps;
    8 use information learned in class and develop observation skills to be able to recognize the various geological features and materials the earth is constructed from in the field.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 4-8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 7, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 5, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    We will use a free on-line textbook called"Physical Geology" by Stephen Earle.You can access all parts of the book here online or also download chapters.

    Because this book is freely available, we will be using materials from it regularly and will prescribe readings at times.

    Recommended Resources
    The reading list for the course on a week by week basis is supplied in the syllabus, which will be uploaded to the MyUni(Canvas) site.
    Online Learning
    Course-related material is available through MyUni(Canvas)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered by the following means in an intensive mode over 5 weeks of teaching :
    2 lecture slots per day (some days will have 1 lecture only)
    1 X 3-hour practical most days
    An all-day field trip to the southern coast in week 4

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit intensive 5 week course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 29 hours per week on the studies required.
    This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Day Lectures Practicals
    1-4 Earth's interior structure and plate tectonics Plate tectonics practical (5% of your mark)
    5-6 Review, revision
    7 First lecture test, on day 7 (15%) Mineral ID
    8 Minerals, and especially the silicates Mineral ID and rocks
    9-11 Magmas, igneous rocks and plate tectonics independent rock work and igneous rocks
    12-13 Review, revision independent rock work
    14 Second lecture test, on day 14 (15%) Sedimentary rocks
    15 Sediments and sedimentary rocks Metamorphic rocks
    16 Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks independent rock work
    17-18 Stress, strain and rockd deformation, faults and folds Structural Geology and mapping I and II (10% of your  mark)
    19 Yay! Field trip to the Victor Harbor area
    20 Mountain building and orogeny independent rock work
    21-22 Review, revision mineral and rock revision, ROCK ID test day 22 (25%)
    23 Third lecture test, on day 23 (20%)
    Specific Course Requirements

    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled Earth's Interior practical and field sessions.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due or scheduled
    Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tectonics practical Summative

    Day 4

    5% 1, 4, 6
    Lecture Test 1 Summative

    Day 7

    15% 2, 3, 4
    Lecture Test 2 Summative Day 14 15% 3, 5, 6
    Structural Geol and maps practical Summative Day 18 10% 1, 7, 8
    Field trip booklet and map Summative Day 19 10% 1, 5, 7, 8
    Rock ID Test Summative Day 22 25% 1, 5, 6
    Lecture Test 3 Summative Day 23 20% 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled Earth's Interior practical and field sessions. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on this hands-on experience and practice.  Therefore, missing any practical class or field session in a semester without an allowed absence will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Lecture Tests 50%
    Test material comes primarily from lecture materials and assigned readings.  The tests will consist of a mixture of multiple choice and short/longer answer questions. 
    Practical and Field work and tests 50%
    Practical tests and in class work will be administered during the semester to assess the learning through this part of the course.
    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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