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EA2900 - Introductory Field Geology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

An introduction to the techniques of field geology inclusive of outcrop observation and analysis, the assessment of rock relationships, traversing techniques and stratigraphic analysis based on section logging. An introduction to the preparation and interpretation of geological maps using basic surveying map controls and aerial photographs; the interpretation of rock relationships and the construction of cross-sections; the assessment of stratigraphic and structural aspects of geological histories based on geological mapping.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop skills in appreciating three dimensional rock relationships at map scale and in the construction of geological histories based on primary field data compiled as map records, integrated with outcrop observation and interpretation;
  • develop an ability to plot traverses related to sedimentary successions to derive stratigraphic logs;
  • develop the ability to observe and interpret outcrops of common sedimentary and igneous rocks;
  • instill confidence in living and working in a remote setting;
  • provision of skills in reading maps and aerial photographs in combination with ground navigation and orienteering;
  • provision of skills in the preparation of clear and comprehensive records of field data.
Prerequisites: EA1110 plus at least 9 credit points level 1 AN, AR, BZ, EV, MA, MB, PH, SC, (BU1004 or BU1104) subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA5330

Availabilities

Townsville, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2014 to 03-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler
Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler, Dr Cassian Pirard, Dr James Daniell.
Workload expectations:
  • 56 hours fieldwork
Assessment: assignments (40%); individual mapping (10%); mapping with partner (50%).

Cairns, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2014 to 03-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler
Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler.
Workload expectations:
  • 56 hours fieldwork
Assessment: assignments (40%); individual mapping (10%); mapping with partner (50%).

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