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EA5330 - Field Techniques

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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

  • 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;
  • develop an ability to plot traverses related to sedimentary successions to derive stratigraphic logs;
  • 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 the ability to observe and interpret outcrops of common sedimentary and igneous rocks.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information.


Townsville, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Face to face teaching 21-Jun-2012 to 28-Jun-2012
Coordinator: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler
Lecturers: Mr Peter Whitehead, Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler.
Workload expectations:
  • 56 hours fieldwork
Assessment: reports (40%); individual mapping (60%).

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.