GEOLOGY 3019 - Field Geoscience Program III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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/or central Australia, however the acquired skills will be transferable into any aged geological system. This course will include a field trip with 10 days of field mapping. Details will be provided at the start of the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOLOGY 3019
    Course Field Geoscience Program III
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 12 hours of Lectures plus a 10 day Field Trip in the Mid-Semester break
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GEOLOGY 2501, GEOLOGY 3013 & GEOLOGY 3016
    Assumed Knowledge GEOLOGY 2500 & GEOLOGY 2502
    Restrictions BSc(Mineral Geoscience), BSc(Petroleum Geoscience), BScience(Geology major), BEng(Hons)(Mining)/ BScience, BEng(Hons)(Petroleum) / BScience
    Assessment Field work assignments, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Alan Collins

    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 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 geological information 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 understand their 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)
    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
    2, 4, 5, 6,7
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Geological compass, hand lens, field notebook

    Emotional intelligence and self-awareness

    Excellent time management

    A list of requirements for the field mapping camp will be provided prior to the trip.

    Recommended Resources
    There 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 may be provided to students after the field camp (i.e. at start of normal teaching weeks Semester 2), as these may be required as reading prior to the final written exam.
    Online Learning
    Course-related material is available through MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of the following:
    •    6 weeks of in-class practical exercises supplemented by lecture/info material
    •    ~8–10 day field geological mapping camp in the mid-semester break

    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 Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    In-class practical exercises based around aspects of field geology, such as rock and mineral ID and description, recognition, naming and classification of different structural fabric generations, in-class interpretive geological mapping and cross-section exercises. Lecture material will cover topics of relevance to the practical exercises as well as fieldwork.

    Field work: geological mapping in a region of outback Australia. Mapping will be for ~8–10 days (with extra time for transport to and from the field). An in-field quiz will be conducted at the end of the week in the field
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course has a compulsory ~8–10 day field trip to outback Australia and the practical work on the field trip is compulsory. Students are expected to be in the field doing mapping on each day of the field camp unless a medical situation that has been discussed with a staff member precludes that student.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The small group discovery experience comprises the entirety of the fieldwork time in this course. Students conduct their field work in working groups of size 4-6 over the 11 days of mapping to produce individual geological maps of the field area(s). The course provides the opportunity for students to spend many of the mapping days working with staff members.

  • 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 Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
    Outcomes being assessed/achieved Due date
    In-class practical exercises Formative and Summative 25%


    2-5 End of each week of practical class
    Field Geological Map Formative and Summative 30% No 1-5,7 Week of field camp

    In-field test
    Formative and Summative 10% No 1,2,4,5,6,7 End of week of field camp
    Written exam Summative 35% Yes 1-7 Normal November exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task Requirement for hurdle
    Is additional assessment available if student does not reach hurdle requirement
    Details of additional assessment
    In-class practical exercises 50%


    Written exam 50% Yes Additional assessment
    Assessment Detail
    In-class practical exercises (25%): Students will submit completed practical exercises at the end of each week of class time. The in-class practical exercises will based around aspects of field geology, such as rock and mineral ID and description, recognition, naming and classification of different structural fabric generations, in-class interpretive geological mapping and cross-section exercises.

    Field Geological Map (30%): Students will construct a geological map based on ~8–10 days of geological field work during 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 terranes.

    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.

    In-field test (10%): The students work independently under exam conditions for this exercise. The quiz is designed to serve three purposes: 1) to get students to synthesise field observations they have seen on the mapping camp, and be able to understand and interpret the local meaning of these observations; 2) reinforce field geological concepts, skills and tools used in geological mapping; 3) to have students working independently/individually rather than collectively. This test will not be based directly on the geological maps that the students produce. Inclement weather on any mapping days will result in the format and logistics of this test being adapted in order to maximise field mapping time for Field Geological Map above.

    Written exam (35%): Students will sit a 3 hour written exam in the normal November exam period. The exam will be a mixture of long (essay-type) and shorter answer questions that will be based around the course in order to test the geological skills they have gleaned and utilised. Students may be required to read key pieces of the literature (provided to them) prior to the exam in order to be prepared for the exam.

    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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