GEOLOGY 2501 - Structural Geology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2501 Course Structural Geology II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week, plus field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Corequisites GEOLOGY 2500 Assumed Knowledge GEOLOGY 1100 or GEOLOGY 1103 Course Description How does the Earth respond to applied force? This course looks at how rocks deform, and how we can recognise and use structures within rocks to determine ancient magnitudes and orientations of stress fields. Students will be introduced to techniques of recording and analysing structural data and taught how to map rock sequences in the field and interrogate a region to determine how it formed and what has happened to the area since formation.
Details of field trip communicated at start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rosalind King
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesSuccessful students in this course should be able to:
1 Demonstrate proficiency in common practical skills in Structural Geology 2 Describe geological structures in hand specimens and in the field using the appropriate nomenclature 3 Understand and describe the features formed in rocks when subject to stress, analyse the strain in these rocks and interpret the palaeostress field that affected the rock and caused the deformation. 4 Portray 3D structures in 2D and interpret the 2D representation of a 3D structure 5 Work in a team efficiently and safely to produce a geological map of a region, which demands an understanding of strata and structures and develops an ability to predict the occurrence of particular rocks. 6 Explain the sedimentological and structural features of a region and from this interpret the geological history of an area 7 Understand the methodology of carrying out scientific research in the field of structural 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) 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)
1-7 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
1-7 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
1, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
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
5 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
Required ResourcesField Kit (compulsory)
Including a good quality notebook, compass/clinometer, hand lens and safety glasses. These can be purchased from Unibooks for ~$200.
There will be required reading issued from both the recommended textbook (see below) and from journal articles that will be available through the Library. Students will also be able to use the online e-modules designed by Hakkon Fossen, which coincide with his book (as seen on the reccommended texts list below). These e-modules can be accessed via http://folk.uib.no/nglhe/StructuralGeoBookEmodules.html
Students will receive a detailed packet of course notes for the course and these course notes and a digital copy of all slideshows from lectures will be readily available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThe reading list for the course on a week by week basis is supplied in the syllabus. Be sure to keep up with the readings. The text is an invaluable resource. It is not mandatory to have a textbook, but you are encouraged to obtain the main recommended text if you can. This book is:
Fossen, H. 2010. Structural Geology, Cambridge (highly recommended and available at Unibooks)
Other texts that you may want to refer to (and are available in the library) are:
Davis, G.H. & Reynolds, S.J. 1996. Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, Wiley (available at Unibooks)
McClay, K., 1997. Mapping of Geological Structures, Open University Press – pretty hard to find, but a great little book.
Many other textbooks on structural geology are available in the Barr-Smith Library. A variety of texts may also be purchased used on the web.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni. We use it often. Students should regularly check the MyUni website for important course-related announcements. Teaching materials, field trip info, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of:
- 3 x 2-hour COMPULSORY workshop sessions (which include both lecture and practical work) per week for 6 weeks starting in week 1
- A seven-day field trip in the mid-semester break. The field trip may be over Easter and is compulsory.
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., workshops), as well as non-contact time (e.g., completion of tasks, reading and revision).
For this course there are 6 hours of contact time in class, therefore, you are expected to spend an additional 6 hours on non-contact time finishing workshops, revising and completing readings.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Workshop Workshop Topic 1 A Stress and the World Stress Map B Rock Failure and Deformation C Structural Data 2 A Topography B Faults I C Faults II 3 A Folds I B Folds II C Lineations and Cleavages 4 A Geological Maps I B Geological Maps I cont. C Geological Maps II 5 A Public Holiday no class B Strain C Strain Analysis & Shear Zones 6 A Microstructures B Week 1 Pichi Prep C Week 2 Pichi Prep Mid-Semester Break Seven-day geological mapping field trip to Pichi Richi, Flinders Ranges
Specific Course RequirementsThis course has a seven-day field trip in the mid-semester break. This fieldtrip is a compulsory component of the course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course offers numerous small group discovery experiences within the workshop classes, with students undertaking small scale geological experiments in class.
The most significant small group discovery experience in this course is during the seven-day field trip to Pichi Richi Pass in the Flinder Ranges. Students spend each day with a staff member in groups of 5-7 working to produce a geological map of the area around Pichi Richi to better understand the geological evolution of the region.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment Hurdle
Learning outcome assessed/achieved Quizzes 1,2,3
(5 % each)
No 1,2,3,4,7 Pichi Richi Field Map & Test Formative and Summative 25% Yes 1-7 Pichi Richi Report Formative and Summative 25% No 1-7 Final Exam Summative 35% No 1,2,3,4,7
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at practicals is compulsory. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the course co-ordinator. Application form can be downloaded from http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/forms/savs-allowed-leaveofabsence-tute-prac.pdf (NEW LINK NEEDED)
Assessment Item Requirement for Hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not reach hurdle requirement? Details of additional assessment if known Pichi Richi Map Minimum of 50%
Assessment DetailMy Uni Tests (15%):
These tests will be available on My Uni in weeks 2, 4 and 6 and will cover material from the previous weeks in lectures and practicals (e.g. test 1 in week 2 will test material from weeks 1 and 2, test 2 in week 4 will test material from weeks 3 and 4). Tests will only be available for 48 hours during weeks 2, 4 and 6. Students will be notified when the tests are available. No test may be taken early or made up if missed, unless on medical or compassionate grounds. The tests will consist of a mixture of multiple choice questions.
Attendance is compulsory. These are required to pass the final exam. Permission will only be granted for significant reasons: medical or compassionate grounds.
Pichi Richi Map and Report (50%)
The Pichi Richi Map is a geological map produced by the student while attending the seven-day Pichi Richi field trip during the mid-semester break (23%). During the field trip the student will be assessed on their use of a compass and their notebook (2%). On return for the camp the students will prepare a 5-page geological report to accompany their map (25%), whic is due in weeks 10 and 11.
Final Exam (35%):
Exam material comes primarily from workshop material, and secondarily from assigned readings. The exam will consist of a mixture of short answer and long answer questions, as well as practical tasks that must be completed. This exam will be held in week 12 practical session. No replacement exams will be offered.
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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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