Geology of Southeast Australia

Subject 625-201 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

February, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is offered in February. Total formal contact is 42 hours, comprising 36 hours of fieldwork (one six-day excursion) and six hours of lectures
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: The Earth, Atmosphere and Oceans or 625-102 (prior to 2008) is recommended.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Malcolm William Wallace, Assoc Prof Stephen John Gallagher
Subject Overview:

Topics to be covered include:

  • reconstruction of the geological architecture and the geological history of southeast Victoria;

  • field identification of geological relationships between rock units, including the timing of emplacement of igneous bodies;

  • examination of the Cambrian basalts, the overlying Ordovician and Devonian limestone, sandstone, shale deposits and younger coal measures; characterisation of the deformation features that these units preserve as a result of subsequent tectonic events;

  • introduction to the techniques that are used to evaluate the geomorphic evolution and neotectonics of southeast Australia.

Objectives: At the end of this subject, students should have the skills to:
  • identify, describe and evaluate simple geological histories in the field; and

  • read and construct geological cross sections.


A written report of up to 2000 words due at the end of the subject (60%); assessment of field exercises during the subject (40%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Special Requirements: Geological hammer, hand lens and magnet. Students should consult the Earth Sciences web site for dates, charges for excursions, accommodation and food and other information including safety requirements.

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