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Practical Earth Science A (GEOL90022)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOL90022
Semester 1
Semester 2
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The subject will provide individual Masters-level training in laboratory and/or field techniques that serve as preparation for the completion of a capstone subject in the Master of Geoscience.

The techniques applied will differ depending on the individual capstone project offered by staff members.

For example, a capstone project on ‘diamond exploration’ will include laboratory training and skills development in kimberlite and related rock tectonic settings, kimberlite and related rock petrology, kimberlite and related rock mineralogy and geochemistry, kimberlite genesis and eruption processes and economic (diamond) potential.

A capstone project on ‘sedimentary basin hydrogeology’ will include field/laboratory training in sedimentary petrology, basin mapping and logging techniques, basin stratigraphy and sediment geochemistry.

The above skills will be acquired through assigned reading, field/laboratory practical classes and worked assignments.

An Examination Board, appointed by the Head of School, reviews individual content and assessment weightings.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to provide students with:

  • Training in laboratory/field work techniques as currently used in the workforce or research laboratory
  • An ability to apply these techniques in a work-related laboratory or fieldwork environment to obtain useful results for further analysis

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have gained experience in:

  • developing the ability to exercise critical judgement;
  • rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopting a problem-solving approach to practical challenges;
  • high-level written report presentation skills

Last updated: 21 August 2019