Field Geology (GEOL30009)
Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Off Campus
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Winter Term - Off Campus
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This subject will provide students the opportunity to develop skills in field geology that are highly valued in the environmental, resource development, engineering, and mining industries. Students will learn to identify minerals, rocks, sediments, structures, and geomorphic features in the field and using remote sensing imagery, and to express them through geological maps, cross-sections and reports. Students will learn how to collate and interpret diverse geological observations and to use these data to develop models of tectonic histories across multiple time-scales. Students will gain a rich understanding of how geological mapping and other field methods can be used to inform decision-making across a wide array of contemporary challenges, including hazard identification, risk reduction, and sustaining future Earth.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Develop and apply basic risk assessment and safe fieldwork strategies as they apply to rural or remote field work.
- Use existing scientific literature and remote sensing imagery to develop field plans and testable hypotheses for investigating geological field problems
- Describe and interpret a range of geological features in rocks (such as sedimentary structures, folds, joints, faults, veins and tectonic fabrics) at the macro- and meso-scale and how these can be used to develop tectonic models
- Interpret complex 3D geology in the field, such as that which might arise from folding, faulting, fluid flow, intrusions and other processes that influence the relative positions and characteristics of rocks
- Use advanced skills in detailed geological mapping including documentation and interpretation of field geological relationships at different spatial scales
- Construct geological maps and cross-sections from field and remote sensing imagery to express geological structures in map view and in three dimensions
- Use geological mapping to identify geohazards and inform decision-making related to environmental, engineering, and resource development industries and Earth sustainability concepts
- Explain the geology and tectonic evolution of a specified region and interpret it in a global context through comparison with contemporary and ancient analogues
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- creative thinking in developing solutions to diverse geological problems
- developing feasible operative plans and testable hypotheses in complex field and geological settings
- working and communicating within a team environment
- enhancing written and oral communication skills
- thinking critically and conceptualising complex and abstract ideas
- developing skills relevant to preparing technical written reports and maps
- developing time management skills needed to meet assessment deadlines
Last updated: 17 March 2023