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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the most fundamental skills of a geologist in being able to describe and interpret geological material and relationships at outcrop scale. It builds skills in recording and summarising observations, descriptions and interpretations made in the field, and synthesising results to produce diagrammatic and written summaries of an area. The unit comprises laboratory work prior to the field trip to develop skills that need to be applied on the field trip as well as a seven-day field trip to undertake geological mapping (north of Perth). Field work emphasises teamwork and workplace safety.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geology; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Geochemistry major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) make and record reliable field observations including proficient use of a geological compass to measure orientation of planar features; (2) integrate field observations with conceptual knowledge to formulate interpretations and represent these interpretations in conventional formats including maps and cross-sections; (3) use aerial photographs and other images, topographic maps and GPS proficiently in the field; and (4) demonstrate scientific method and professional conduct, and skills in scientific communication of observations and interpretations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical laboratory exercises and online activities; (2) a theory–practical exam; and (3) field-based exercises and field report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Annette George
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) EART1104 Discovering Earth
Successful completion of
or Enrolment in
Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $389).
Contact hours
Practical classes: 3 hours per week
field work: 7 days following the semester 1 examination period (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.