Courses & Units

Earth's Materials and Interior KEA208



Compulsory 5 day excursion in the week before the start of semester


Enables students to recognise and interpret Earth materials and their history. The unit is aimed at students with a professional interest in the Earth. The unit commences with a pre-semester field trip to the spectacular east coast of Tasmania.  The excursion provides a valuable hands-on experience recognising ancient marine sedimentary rocks, granites and the effects of mountain building. During semester, students learn about minerals, the fundamental components of all rocks. They will follow the paths of ice, wind, rivers and seas to understand the processes that form sedimentary rocks. They explore the evolution of magmas within the Earth that can solidify slowly into a granite pluton or erupt violently to form volcanoes. Lectures cover aspects of mineralogy, igneous petrology, volcanology and sedimentology. Examining rocks under the microscope is an important aspect of the practical sessions, which re-inforce lecture content.


Unit name Earth's Materials and Interior
Unit code KEA208
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Karin Orth

Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof Sebastien Meffre, Professor Vadim Kamenetsky, Dr Rebecca Carey

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010703

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Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures and 1 x 3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester 1, plus 5 days of field work before semester 1


Practical exams and assessments (25%), compulsory excursion held in the week before start of semester, by field tests and report (25%), 2-hr theory exam (50%)

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