EART2234 Earth Processes
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 core unit in the Geology; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Geochemistry major sequences
- Level 2 elective
- This unit focuses on physical changes to rocks that have been subjected to deformation and/or metamorphism and the plate tectonic setting in which these changes occur. The main academic objectives of the unit are focused on understanding principles and processes of deformation from the atomic scale to the tectonic scale, and the description and interpretation of common geologic structures. The unit encompasses both theory and practical aspects of deformation and this knowledge is then used to interpret the history of complexly deformed terranes. Practical and applied examples of deformation and its tectonic setting are explored to consolidate understanding of rock formation and deformation and to highlight relationships between these processes.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in structural geology and tectonics and the links between them; (2) perform structural analyses using conventional techniques and interpret complex deformational histories from maps; (3) demonstrate an understanding of geological processes that form and deform rocks and how geoscience data are used to interpret deformation history and associated events; and (4) demonstrate knowledge of metamorphic processes, and practical skills in how to recognise features related to deformation in metamorphic rocks formed at different pressures and temperatures.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises and reports; (2) continuous assessment; and (3) exam. 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)
- Professor Myra Keep
- Unit rules
- EART1104 Introduction to Geology
- Contact hours
- lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
A comprehensive reading list is given out at the start of the unit.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.