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EA2300 - Introductory Structural and Metamorphic Geology

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

Folds, foliations, lineations, overprinting criteria and structural features of compressional and extensional crustal domains. Faults, fault analysis, fault movement directions, faults and mineralisation, orthographic projection of faults. Microstructures in deformation and metamorphism.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop expertise in the use of sterographic projections to solve problems in structural geology and to provide experience in solving geometric problems on maps of multiply deformed terrains;
  • to develop skills in the practical analysis of faults applicable to people wishing to enter the environmental, mineral exploration and engineering professions;
  • to gain an understanding of basic deformation/metamorphic processes, such as fold and foliation development and dissolution during deformation and microstructural processes;
  • to gain an understanding of the development of faults, fractures and other related battle structures.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • 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;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
EA2002 EA5049


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Tom Blenkinsop
Lecturers: Dr Mike Rubenach, Professor Tom Blenkinsop.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (% - 50%); quizzes or tests (% - 15%); practical (% - 20%); assignments (% - 25%).

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