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EA5330 - Introductory Outback Field Geology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Field report - (40%) - Individual
  • Geological Mapping - (60%) - Group & Individual.
Students must have a basic understanding of EARTH SCIENCE which includes knowledge of rocks and minerals. EA1110 or will have acquired equivalent knowledge through industry experience.


Townsville, Study Period 7, Intensive
Census Date 06-Jul-2023
Face to face teaching 19-Jun-2023 to 29-Jun-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Maree Corkeron.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 16 hours workshops
  • 56 hours 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.