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GEOS5505 Multiscale Tectonic Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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 approaches. The core academic objective of the unit is to develop with the ability to meaningfully apply multiple approaches to study a tectonic system.
Students are able to (1) meaningfully and confidently use a range of geological and geophysical approaches; (2) draw defensible links between observations at different length and time scales, showing an understanding of the tectonic processes involved; (3) concisely and clearly articulate this knowledge in a tectonic synthesis; 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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alan Aitken
Unit rules
enrolment in Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Advisable prior study:
EART3353 Geological Mapping, EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics, or equivalents
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 - $150).
Contact hours
60 hours (see unit outline for breakdown)
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