Advanced Field Geology

Subject 625-313 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

June, - 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

Lectures and fieldwork.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is offered over a two-week period either between Semesters 1 and 2 (July) and/or in the Semester 2 break (September). Total contact is 66 hours comprising 60 hours of fieldwork (10 days) and six hours of lectures
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.

Earth Surface Processes (625-223 Field Geology prior to 2009) and Structural Geology and Geodynamics or equivalent.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for both this subject and either 625-311 or 625-312 (prior to 2004).
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. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in fieldwork activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Malcolm William Wallace
Subject Overview:

Excursion sites that may be visited include:

  • Broken Hill and regions within the Curnamona Craton of South Australia and New South Wales in which students will be introduced to skills that are relevant to the understanding of packages of deformed and metamorphosed rocks and their interpretation in a region where there is a world-class ore body;

  • Central Australia in which students will be introduced to an intracontinental fold and thrust belt and its relationship to the adjacent metamorphic basement and sedimentary basin;

  • Flinders Ranges of South Australia where students will be introduced to the style of sedimentation and nature of deformation and exhumation of portions of the Adelaide geosyncline;

  • Gawler Craton of South Australia where students will be introduced to relationships between palaeoproterozoic metasedimentary, volcanic, granitoid and basic igneous complexes, mineral deposits and younger sequences.

If there is sufficient interest, some overseas excursions may be offered.

Objectives: At the end of this subject, students should have skills in field geology that will enable them to identify unfamiliar minerals and rocks in the field, collate and interpret observations from stratigraphy and rock relationships and structural geology. They should appreciate how observable geological phenomena can be documented, analysed and interpreted to provide an understanding of Earth processes.

A written report of up to 2500 words due at the end of semester (75%); field notebooks (10%); field exercises (15%).

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

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), 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.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geology

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