GEOS4410 Australia's Geological Evolution

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
How can geoscience contribute to Australia's wealth and prosperity over the next 100 years? This unit focuses on the evolution of the Australian continent during the last four billion years, ranging from crustal formation, tectonic assembly, and paleogeographic history up to recent geological times. This geological history provides fundamental information about secular changes on Earth as a planet, and a framework in which to understand the formation and distribution of Australia's important resources, e.g. mineral deposits, groundwater, petroleum, and other energy sources. The unit draws on basic concepts of petrology, structural geology, isotope geochemistry, paleomagnetism, and stratigraphy to provide an overview of the Australian continent and its remarkable record of critical points in Earth's history ranging from the advent of early life to the present day. Course material will draw heavily from current research topics.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of geological, geophysical and geochemical evidence for continental evolution, including links to tectonic history and climate changes, and how different datasets are interpreted and integrated; (2) demonstrate an ability to comprehend and synthesise data and interpretations drawn from geoscientific literature; (3) demonstrate understanding of and skills in effective scientific writing; and (4) demonstrate an ability to search for relevant scientific information and formally present scientific research to an audience.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) reading and writing exercises; (2) project work; and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
or
Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
a Geology major
or
equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 3 x 3 hours per week for 6 weeks. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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