UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEOS4410 Australia's Geological Evolution

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
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 growth and large-scale controls on the types and locations of tectonic elements that formed; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between paleogeography, tectonic history, and climatic evolution; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between tectonic history and location of particular types of resources; (4) demonstrate an ability to comprehend and synthesise observations drawn from primary scientific literature into formal, technical written reports; and (5) demonstrate an ability to formally present scientific research to an audience.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short writing assignments; (2) participation in seminar group discussions; and (3) a seminar 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 honours in the Faculty of Science
Advisable prior study: a Geology major or equivalent
Contact hours Workshops: 3x 3 hour per week for 6 weeks. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEOS4410/TS-TP-1/2017

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