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Australian Coal Basins (GEOL90036)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • A quiz on petrography equivalent to 500 words, due by the last day of the teaching period (20%)
  • A poster equivalent to 500 words, due by the last day of the teaching period (20%)
  • A 5-minute presentation, due by the last day of teh teaching period (10%)
  • 3 equally weighted practical exercises equivalent to 1250 words, due by the last day of the teaching period (50%)

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

85 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject is taught through the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences: https://vieps.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Reading expected to be completed in the pre-teaching period.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019