Exploration Skills Mapping

Subject GEOL90045 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 07-Feb-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 14-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Feb-2016
Census Date 12-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-Feb-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: An eight day field trip
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Kevin Walsh



Subject Overview:

Geological mapping, core logging and the recognition of ore-related hydrothermal alteration mineral assemblages are essential skills for all mining industry geologists. This field-based course will examine core and surface exposures of a mixed volcano-sedimentary succession in the highly mineralised Cambrian Mount Read Volcanics and Dundas Group of western Tasmania.

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; to develop skills in field mapping techniques, recognition of volcanic textures and their use in field mapping of mineralised sequences, recognition of alteration in volcanic sequences, structural analysis of slate belt rocks, graphic logging of core and analysis of structural geology data.


All assessment items are collectively equivalent to 2,500 words and are due by the last day of the teaching period.

  • field maps (46%)
  • core logs (15%)
  • cross-sections (10%)
  • stratigraphic column (5%)
  • stereonets (8%)
  • exploration potential memorandum (6%)
  • performance/aptitude in the field (10%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.

Related Course(s): Master of Geoscience
Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Earth Sciences
Honours Program - Earth Sciences

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