Geology of Southeast Australia

Subject GEOL20001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

February, Parkville - 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 42 hours of fieldwork (one six-day excursion).
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

One of the following is recommended

  • 625-104 The Earth, Atmosphere and Oceans (prior to 2010)
  • 625-102 Understanding Planet Earth (prior to 2008)
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Wallace, Assoc Prof Stephen 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 nature of volcanic eruptions;

  • examination of the Ordovician shale, Permian tillite, Cretaceous and sandstone and Tertiary limestone-deposits; characterisation of the age and environment of these units;

  • 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: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

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 Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Related Breadth Track(s): Geology in the field

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