Courses & Units

Environmental Geology KEA348



Involves 3.5 days of excursions. Students are expected to contribute toward excursion accommodation costs


This unit focuses on geoenvironmental issues that relate to how human activities can affect geological materials, and problems that can arise from such interactions. This will be taught through lectures, diverse practicals and local fieldtrips. The unit provides an introduction to aqueous geochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental geophysics. The unit also includes 3.5 days of field work in western Tasmania. Specific components of the course include: Environmental Geochemistry, covering basic principles of aqueous geochemistry for geoscientists; Mine wastes, covering environmental impacts of mining and an introduction to geometallurgy; Hydrology, covering the principles of groundwater storage, flow and recovery; Environmental Geophysics, covering application of non-invasive geophysical techniques to assess environmental geology problems.

This unit is designed to bring students' knowledge of these topics up to graduate level, adequate for school teaching and for continuation into 4th year (Honours), now recognised as the minimum professional level of training. This unit is required for undertaking Honours in Environmental Geology and is desirable for Honours in General Geology, Economic Geology, Marine Geoscience and Geophysics.


Unit name Environmental Geology
Unit code KEA348
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox

Teaching staff

Prof David Cooke, Dr Matthew Cracknell, Dr Angela Escolme

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,599.00 050999

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 3-hr practical weekly (13 wks), 3 days field work


assignments and practical assessments throughout semester 2 and excursion (40%); theory exam in Nov (60%)

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Mine Wastes by B.G. Lottermoser

Introducing Groundwater by M. Price

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