GEOLOGY 3019 - Field Geoscience Program III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 3019 Course Field Geoscience Program III Coordinating Unit School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 8 hours plus 11 days fieldwork (plus 4 days travel) Prerequisites GEOLOGY 2501, GEOLOGY 3013 & GEOLOGY 3016 Assumed Knowledge GEOLOGY 2500 & GEOLOGY 2502 Restrictions BSc(Mineral Geoscience), BSc(Petroleum Geoscience), BEng(Mining with BSc, BEng(Petroleum) & BSc(Geology and Geophysics) Course Description This course provides a comprehensive introduction to independent geological mapping and the construction of geological maps. You will develop the skills required to interpret and solve geological relationships at a variety of scales, and synthesise them into four-dimensional models that describe the geological evolution of terrains. These skills include hand specimen and outcrop geology, mapping and stratigraphic analysis at a range of scales, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing and the integration of geophysical datasets into geological mapping and interpretation. Thus, the course will draw upon the principals of structural geology and combine them with an understanding of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock systems. Fieldwork will focus on the Precambrian terrains of southern and central Australia, however the acquired skills will be transferable into any aged geological system.
This course will include 11 days of field mapping (field camps is 15 days duration including travel). Details will be provided at the start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr David Kelsey
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A succcessful student in this course should be able to: 1 Recognise minerals and lithologies in the field (and document them); 2 Understand and describe in detail the pertinent geological information contained within an outcrop; 3 Measure and properly record structural orientation information; 4 Locate ones-self on an air photo, read air photos and correctly transcribe geologicalinformation onto the air photos; 5 Construct geological maps and cross-sections; 6 Interpret geological field observations within the context of the geological evolution ofthe mapping region; 7 Synthesise their own observations within the context of published research to understandtheir fieldwork regions in a broader geological context.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2-7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-7
Required ResourcesA list of requirements for the field mapping camp will be provided prior to the trip.
Recommended ResourcesThere are no mandatory readings or textbooks for this course. However, as this course is primarily that of geological mapping, one might consider some preliminary reading about techniques of
geological mapping in upper-crustal as well as high-grade (mid-low crust) terranes. Suggested reading of fieldwork-related topics includes:
- McClay, K.R. (1991) The mapping of geological structures. Wiley & Sons, 168 pp. ISBN-10: 0471932434.
- Passchier, C.W., Myers, J.S., Kroner, A. (1991) Field geology of high-grade gneiss terranes. Springer-Verlag, 150 pp. ISBN-10:0387530533.
- Davis, G.H, Reynolds, S.J. (1996) Structural geology of rocks and regions. Second edition, Wiley and sons, 776 pp. ISBN-10:0471526215
- Sawyer, E.W. & Brown, M. (eds.) (2008) Working with Migmatites. Mineralogical Association of Canada, Short Course Series, Volume 38, 158 pp. ISBN-10: 0921294468.
- Passchier, C.W, Trouw, R.A.J. (2005) Microtectonics. 2005 edition, Springer-Verlag, 382 pp. ISBN-10: 3540640037.
In addition, key scientific papers that outline the current understanding of the evolution of the geology of central Australia will be provided to students after the field camp (i.e. at start of Semester 2), as these will be required as reading prior to the final written exam.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of the following:
- 4 x 2-hour lectures on 2 days immediately prior to departure for the field camp
- 15 day field mapping camp in the mid-semester break (11 days of mapping)
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 course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 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 SummaryThe course content will include the following:
Pre-field camp lectures held over 2 days:Lecture 1 = geological structures;Lecture 2 = introduction to mineral and rocks (of the field areas);Lecture 3 = geological mapping;Lecture 4 = introduction to geology of central Australia (broader scope)Field work: geological mapping in two different regions in central Australia with vastly different geology, requiring different approaches to geological mapping. Mapping in each of the regions will be for 6 and 5 days, respectively. A field (practical) test will be conducted at the end of the 1st week. An in-field quiz will be conducted at the end of the 2nd week.
Specific Course RequirementsThis course has a compulsory 15-day field trip to Central Australia and the practical work on the field trip is compulsory.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total asssessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Due date Field Geological Map 1 Formative and Summative 25%
1-7 Week 1 of field camp Field Geological Map 2 Formative and Summative 20% Yes 1-7 Week 2 of field camp
Field Practical Test
Formative and Summative 10% No 1,2,3 End of week 1 of field camp In-field quiz Summative 10% No 1-7 End of week 2 of field camp Written exam Summative 35% Yes 1-7 After field camp
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Task Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not reach hurdle requirement Details of additional assessment Field geological map 1 and Field geological map 2 A combined mark of 50% for the two submitted maps
Written exam 50% Yes Additional assessment
Field Geological Map 1 (25%): Students will construct a geological map based on 6 days of geological field work during week 1 of the field camp. The mapping exercise is designed to develop the skills required to: 1) interpret and solve geological relationships at a variety of scales; and 2) synthesise these relationships into four-dimensional models that describe the geological evolution of terrains.
The students work in small mapping groups for the week; however each student must submit their own geological map and as such, each student will be assessed individually for each map (as well as all other assessment items).
Feedback on this map is usually given during the trip (however, exceptions could be related to the logistics of the marking exercise for very large classes).
Field Geological Map 2 (20%): Students will construct a geological map based on 5 days of geological field work during week 2 of the field camp (in a different field area to week 1 of the camp). The mapping exercise is designed to develop the skills required to: 1) interpret and solve geological relationships at a variety of scales; and 2) synthesise these relationships into four-dimensional models that describe the geological evolution of terrains.
The students work in small mapping groups for the week; however each student must submit their own geological map and as such, each student will be assessed individually for each map (as well as all other assessment items). Feedback for this map cannot be given during the camp, but will occur back in Adelaide.
Field practical test (10%): Over the course of 1 hour, students will walk a traverse over exposed outcrop and construct a geological log comprising the mineralogy, rock types, structural features and structural/tectonic history of the rock sequence. The students work independently under exam conditions for this exercise. The exercise is designed to test the mineralogical and field structural skills that the students have developed over their past 6 days of mapping, as per Field Geological Map 1 above.
In-field quiz (10%): Students will do a 1 hour long written quiz on the morning of the last day of the field camp. The quiz is designed to serve two purposes: 1) to get the students to think about field observations they have seen over the duration of the mapping camp, and be able to understand and interpret the local meaning of these observations; 2) to have the students working independently/individually. This quiz will not be based on the geological maps that the students have produced. However, the questions will be designed such that they provide preparation for the final written exam.
Written exam (35%): Students will sit a 3 hour written exam approximately 3-6 weeks after returning from the field mapping camp. The exam will be a mixture of long (essay-type) and short answer questions that will be based around their mapping in central Australia as well as the geological mapping more broadly in order to test the geological skills they have gleaned not only from this course but also during their undergraduate degree. Students will be required to read key pieces of the literature (provided to them) prior to the exam in order to be prepared for the exam.
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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
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