EART2232 Field Geology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Geology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 additional unit in the Geology second major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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 understanding of scientific method and professional conduct, and skills in scientific communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical laboratory exercises and online activities; (2) a theory–practical test; and (3) field-based exercises and field report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $354).
Contact hours
labs: 2 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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