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Australian Coal Basins (GEOL90036)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Not available in 2018

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Year of offerNot available in 2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOL90036
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The course provides an in-depth understanding of how and why coal basins develop, and how coal is utilised. Included in the course are location, stratigraphy and age, depositional environments, and tectonic setting of each major coal basin. Practicals involve an evaluation of coal types and rank, and how this impacts on understanding coal quality and marketing. A focus will be on how geological history impacts on coal behaviour during mining, processing and utilisation.

Intended learning outcomes

  • This subject aims to equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the field;
  • equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise enabling them to take their place as professional geologists in industry or government organisations;
  • an understanding of the relationship between the formation mechanisms of coal deposits and exploration;
  • an understanding of mining technologies and of the coal industry in Australia.

Generic skills

  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
  • work as part of a team.

Last updated: 21 August 2019