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Practical Earth Science B (GEOL90023)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOL90023
Semester 1
Semester 2
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The subject will provide individual Masters-level training in laboratory and/or field techniques that serves 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 require laboratory training and skills development in mantle petrology, mantle rock mineral chemistry, diamond crystallography and mineralogy, indicator mineral chemistry and diamond exploration techniques.

A capstone project on ‘sedimentary basin hydrogeology’ will require field/laboratory training in basin geohydrology, water geochemistry, sediment geomicrobiology, fluid flow modelling software and fluid flow modelling.

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 subject 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;
  • oral communication and presentation skills.

Last updated: 8 May 2019