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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the interpretation of tectonic processes from small scales to large scales. Students learn the capabilities and limitations of different types of geological and geophysical approaches as tools to understand tectonic processes, and learn methods to integrate these approaches. The core academic objective of the unit is to develop the ability to meaningfully apply multiple approaches to holistic study of a tectonic system.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) meaningfully and confidently use a range of geological and geophysical approaches.; (2) evaluate and synthesise observations at different length and time scales.; (3) concisely and clearly express this knowledge in a tectonics research context; and (4) show an understanding of socio-economic value of tectonics research.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written document; (2) oral presentation; and (3) unit portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Alan Aitken
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 70630 Master of Science
or 70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology
or 73540 Master of Energy Geoscience
Advisable prior study
GEOS4410 Tectonics of Australia in the Indo-Pacific (ID 2081)
and GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems and Subsurface Characterisation (ID 2083)
or GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems (ID 2082)
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 - $150).
Contact hours
60 hours (see unit outline for breakdown)
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