GEOLOGY 2500 - Sedimentary Geology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2500 Course Sedimentary Geology II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible PETROENG 2005 Assumed Knowledge GEOLOGY 1100 or GEOLOGY 1103 or GEOLOGY 1005 Course Description Sediments, both ancient and recent, cover much of the earth's surface. Sediments are immensely important economically, as the host of petroleum and mineral deposits, and to the environment, as aquifers, sinks for contaminants, and the home to a large part of the biosphere. The sedimentary record is also the ultimate repository of the annals of Earth's history. By deciphering the clues held in this record, geologists have reconstructed the history of the earth surface environment, traced the evolution of life, and determined past climate changes. The sedimentology component of this course will provide a broad background to 1) the description of sedimentary rocks and recognition of sedimentary structures, 2) processes by which sediments are transported, deposited, and converted into rocks, 3) the tectonic setting and features of environments in which sediments accumulate, and 4) use of stratigraphy as a tool in Earth history. The Palaeontology component of this course will be an introduction to the fossil record, with an emphasis on the patterns of evolution during the Phanerozoic and the application of biostratigraphy.
Course Coordinator: Jacob Mulder
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A successful student in this course should be able to: 1 Demonstrate proficiency in common practical skills in Sedimentary Geology 2 Interpret the processes responsible for the deposition of the sediment from the nature of the sediment and sedimentary structures present within the sedimentary rock; 3 Understand the depositional environment of a sedimentary rock package based on recognition of facies associations; and 4 Recognise and explain the methodology of carrying out scientific research in the field of sedimentary geology.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThe only required resources are paper, ruler, protractor, pencils and calculator. There will be required reading issued from both the recommended textbook (see below) and from journal articles that will be available through the Library. Course notes (recordings) and digital copies of all slideshows used in lectures and practicals will be readily available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe reading list for the course on a week by week basis will be supplied during lectures and via My Uni. Make sure to keep up with any suggested readings. It is not mandatory to have a textbook, but you are encouraged to obtain the main recommended text if you can.
This book is:
- Boggs, S., 2011. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. (5th edition) Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (highly recommended and available at Unibooks)
Online LearningMyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of two one-hour lecture sessions per week for 12 weeks plus accompanying practical work, most weeks. See section below for details on practical scheduling.
- 2 x 1-hour lectures/week - see timetable
- 1 x 4-hour practical work per week. The practicals are hands-on practice for the theory material covered in the lectures. One practical will be a field-based tutorial in a nearby location that is easily accessible by public transport (details will be given during the course).
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
Schedule Week 1 Rock Identification, Origin and Transport of Sediments Week 2 Sedimentary Basins, Porosity, Permeability and Diagensis Week 3 Sedimentary Structures Week 4 Lecture test + Marginal Marine Depositional Environments Week 5 Shallow Marine Depositional Environments Week 6 Deep Marine Depositional Environments Week 7 Terrestrial Depositional Environments Week 8 Lecture test + Carbonates Week 9 Evaporites and Chemical Sediments Week 10 Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy Week 11 Lecture test + Intro to Stratigraphy Week 12 Practical Examinations
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled practical sessions
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Modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Lecture Test 1- on line quiz Summative test on lectures 1-6
15% No 1,2,4 Lecture Test 2- online quize Summative test on lectures 7-12 Week 8 15% No 2,3,4 Lecture Test 3- online quiz Summative test on lectures 13-17 Week 11 10% No 2,3,4 Online Quizes Summative Weeks 1-3,5-7,9-10 7% No 1,2,3,4 Practicals Formative Not assessed- feedback via answers to the practical questions 0% No 1,2,3,4 Practical Exercise Formative week 3 3% No 1,4 Practical Test Summative
Exam on all practical materials
Week 12 30% No 1,2,3,4 Theory Exam Summative Week 13 20% No 1,2,3,4
Assessment Related RequirementsThe following course rules apply to Practical Class attendance and its associated assessment:
1) Attendance at Practical Classes is compulsory and will be recorded. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on this hands-on experience and practice.
2) You are allowed to miss one Practical Class during the course without explanation. However you are still required to complete that Practical in your own time. In case of a marked practical assignment, you are still required to submit your answers at the regular deadline, listed on the Practical notes (see hand-outs or MyUni). All other Practical classes will be assessed in a Practical Exam at the end of the semester and, therefore, it is crucial to complete the practical in your own time, before this exam.
3) If you miss a second (or more) Practical Class, you will be required to complete a reason of absence form coupled with associated evidence of reason (e.g. medical certificate). That information must be sent to the Course Coordinator for approval. You will still be required to complete the Practical at your own time.
4) If you are undertaking the course again because you have failed a previous attempt, you must not use previous practical sheets, answer keys or any material from previous versions of the course in the execution of Practicals. Use of such material will constitute plagiarism.
5) If you miss more than one Practical without explanation, it will result in grade of FAIL being recorded for the course irrespective of your other marks in the course.
Assessment DetailLecture Tests: Test materials are sourced from lecture materials and assigned readings. The tests are designed to be easily completed within 45 minutes and will consist of a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Practical Exam: The practical exam tests the skills that were learned during the practicals. This summative exam is designed to be completed within 2 hours and will consist of a number of questions, covering the practical materials and focussing on (1) identifying rock samples and fossil specimens, (2) performing stratigraphic correlations and basin analysis, (3) interpreting sedimentary logs and sedimentary structures and (4) interpreting sedimentary depositional environments.
Practical Quiz: One practical assignment will be tested via an on-line MyUni quiz (8 short answers) in week 3.
Theory Exam: Test materials are sourced from lecture materials and assigned readings. The test is designed to be completed within 2 hours and will consist of questions covering all lectures for the course through a mixture of short answer questions, multiple choice questions that ask to draw/sketch.
SubmissionWith the exception of one, which is tested via MyUni, the practicals are not marked and do not need to be submitted. Feedback will be provided in the format of answer sheets on MyUni.
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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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