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EA5211 - Structural Geology and Tectonics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The first half of this subject focuses on the description, identification, analysis and interpretation of structural geological data and geological maps. 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 and 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;
  • fully analyse a suite of structural data.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (30%)
  • other exams (30%)
  • presentations (10%)
  • field report (15%)
  • practicals (15%).
Assumed
Knowledge:
EA1110

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Professor Paul Dirks.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 2 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Professor Paul Dirks.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 2 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.