GEOS4410 Australia's Geological Evolution

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)]
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 a broad range of geological, geophysical and geochemical datasets to provide an overview of the Australian continent and its remarkable record of critical points in Earth's history ranging from early life to present day. Unit material will also focus on current research topics. Scientific literacy skill development is a key component of this unit including critical reading of scientific articles, effective scientific writing and oral presentation.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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
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.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-Z-2-2020]
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