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EA3210 - Structural Geology and Tectonics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The first half of this subject focuses on the description, identification and interpretation of geological structures and maps and their field relationships and the use of stereographic projections to solve geometrical problems. The second half covers plate tectonics and associated hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic activity, and the impact of plate tectonics on the landscape.

Learning Outcomes

  • Measure the orientation of linear and planar geological elements in the field using a compass clinometer;
  • Plot and manipulate 3D structural data using stereographic projection;
  • Recognise and interpret stratigraphic relationships and tectonic structures on geological maps using cross sections;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of plate boundaries;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the driving and retarding forces that influence plate motion at constructive, destructive and conservative plate boundaries;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the influence of tectonic forces on landscape evolution.
Prerequisites: EA1110

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Paul Dirks
Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Professor Paul Dirks.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours on-campus > Lectures
  • 39 hours on-campus > Practicals
  • 2 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (30%); practicals (30%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Paul Dirks
Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Professor Paul Dirks.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours on-campus > Lectures
  • 39 hours on-campus > Practicals
  • 2 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (30%); practicals (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.