Geology units

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Geology Units - 1996


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Geology - Department of Geology at Hobart

The Geological Sciences include Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Environmental Geology and Geological Engineering. Geology is the study of the composition and behaviour of the Earth's crust and the molten mantle below. It includes studies of tectonic processes leading to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the generation of mineral deposits in the Earth's crust. By combining studies in Geology with other science majors it is possible to broaden your job horizons and become involved in some exciting areas of geoscience. A combination of physics and geology leads into geophysics, which uses the physical properties of the crust to study structure, composition and mineral deposit locations. Combining chemistry and geology leads to geochemistry and environmental geology, while combining engineering and geology leads into geological engineering. Economic Geology is a combination of geology, physics and chemistry in the study of the formation and exploration of mineral deposits.

There are six recommended streams of study in the Geological Sciences which lead to a career as a professional geoscientist:

Stream 1: General Geology -
for students wishing to obtain a broad education in geology; suitable for a career in a government geological survey, the petroleum industry, teaching geology or academic research

Stream 2: Economic Geology -
for students wishing to learn about the Earth's mineral resources and processes leading to their formation and discovery; designed for students intending a career in mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral economics, resource management or research in ore deposit genesis. Specialist courses from the National Key Centre for Ore Deposit and Exploration studies (CODES) form part of this degree stream.

Stream 3: Environmental Geology -
for students with an interest in the environment, resource management and the key issues of conservation and development in geoscience.

Stream 4: Geophysics -
a combination of physics, geology and computing, for students looking for a career in mineral geophysics, petroleum geophysics, or geophysical research.

Stream 5: Geochemistry -
a combination of geology with chemistry, for students looking for wider career opportunities in mineral exploration geochemistry, isotope geochemistry or hydrothermal geochemistry research.

Stream 6: Geological Engineering -

a double degree in civil engineering and geology for students looking for career opportunities which combine geosciences, engineering and project management.

Stream 1: BSc (Geology Honours)

Year 1
KEA100 Geology I
plus a choice of 3 subjects from: Geography and Environmental Studies 1, Botany 1, Zoology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1, Computer Science 1 or one Group IA subject

Year 2
KEA200 Geology 2
KEA250 Computer Applications in Geology
KEA240 Volcanoes and their products, and/or KEA221 Introduction to Geophysics plus 41.67% (15 points) from other Group 2 subjects

Year 3
KEA300 Geology 3
plus 50% (18 points) from other Group 3 subjects, (either a second major or subjects listed on pages XX).

Year 4
KEA410 Geology 4 Honours course including a fieldbased research thesis and selected coursework


Stream 2: BSc (Economic Geology Hons)

Year 1
KEA100 Geology I
KRA110 or 130 Chemistry 1A or 1B plus a choice of 18 points from Physics 1, Computer Science 1, Maths 1 or Geography dc Environmental Studies 1.

Year 2
KEA200 Geology
KEA221 Introductory Exploration Geophysics
KEA250 Computer Applications in Geology
plus another 18 points from Group 2 subjects

Year 3
KEA300 Geology 3
KEA326 Economic Geology
KEA324 Exploration Geophysics
KEA328 Environmental Geology, or
KEA318 Sedimentary Environments

Year 4
KEA410 Geology 4 Honours research and fieldbased project in economic geology, plus selected coursework


Stream 3: BSc (Environmental Geology Honours)

Year 1
KEA100 Geology 1 KRA110 or
130 Chemistry 1A or 1B, KGA100 Geography & Environmental Studies 1, KPA100 Botany 1 and KPZ101 Biological Principles or Physics 1
Year 2
KEA200 Geology 2
KGA200 Geography and Environmental Studies 2
KEA250 Computer Applications in Geology, or
KEA240 Volcanoes and their products
plus another 9 points from Group 2 subjects

Year 3
KEA300 Geology 3
KEA328 Environmental Geology
KEA318 Sedimentary Environments
KGA381 Environmental Impact Assessment and Decision Making

Year 4
KEA410 Geology 4 Honours course including a research project in environmental geology and selected coursework


Stream 4: BSc (Geophysics Honours)

Year 1
KEA100 Geology 1
KYA100 Physics 1
KMA102 Calculus and Linear Algebra 1
KCA123 Computer Science 1C

Year 2
KEA200 Geology 2
KEA221 Introductory Exploration Geophysics
KYA200 Physics 2
KEA250 Computer Applications in Geology
plus another 6 points from Group 2 subjects

Year 3
KEA300 Geology 3
KEA311 Geophysics
KEA324 Exploration Geophysics
KEA326 Economic Geology or
Applied Physics 3

Year 4
KEA420 Geophysics 4 Honours course including a field-based research project in Geophysics and selected coursework


Stream 5: BSc (Geochemistry Honours)

Year 1
KEA100 Geology 1
KRA110 Chemistry 1
plus a choice of 18 points from Physics 1, Computer Science 1, Maths 1 or Botany 1

Year 2
KEA200 Geology 2
KRA200 Chemistry 2
KEA250 Computer Applications in Geology
KEA221 Introductory Exploration Geophysics, or
KRA252 Principals of Analytical Chemistry

Year 3
KEA300 Geology 3
KEA333 Applied Geochemistry
KEA326 Economic Geology
plus 9 points from other Group 3 subjects in Geology or Chemistry

Year 4
KEA440 Geochemistry 4 Honours course including a fieldbased research project in Geochemistry plus selected coursework


Stream 6: BSc/BE (civil) Geological Engineering:
double degree over 5 years

Year 1
Engineering 1 course

Year 2
KEA100 Geology 1 and
Engineering 2 units

Year 3
KEA200 Geology 2 and
Engineering 3 units

Year 4
KEA300 Geology 3 and
KEA221 Introductory Exploration Geophysics
and
Engineering 4 units

Year 5
KEA432 Engineering Geology
KEA324 Exploration Geophysics
KEA326 Economic Geologyand
Engineering units


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KEA100 Geology 1

Provides both a broad understanding of geology for students wishing to study the subject as part of a general science or arts degree, and a thorough grounding for students who wish to specialise in the geological sciences. Please check the recommended specimen courses above for the best combinations of subjects in the Geological sciences. Lectures in Geology 1 cover the history of the Earth, physical geology, petrology, applied geology, principles of stratigraphy, and outline the regional and structural geology of the world, the geology of Tasmania and the history of life. Laboratory work is divided into short courses covering elementary crystallography, lithology, physical mineralogy, micropetrology, geological mapping and palaeontology. Field work includes excursions to places of geological interest, mostly in or near Hobart. Students are required to attend at least five days of field work, and to submit appropriate fieldtests and reports.

Special Notes
teaching staff Prof RR Large, Dr JB Gemmell, Dr CF Burrett, Dr RJG Lewis, Dr G Davidson, Dr D Leaman; (Coordinator) Dr J McClenaghan
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 2x1-hour lectures and a 3-hour laboratory period a week (26 weeks) and 5 days of excursions throughout the year
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 2 practical exams, 1 in June (10%) and 1 in Nov (12.5%); fieldtests and excursion reports (19%); practical projects in sem 2 (8.5%); and 2x2-hour theory exams, 1 in June (20%) and 1 in Nov (30%)
required texts, etc
Clarke IF and Cook BJ (eds), Geological Science: Perspectives of the Earth, Aust Acad Science, Canberra, 1983.
Laboratory, Palaeontology and Excursion Manuals, available from the Geology Office.

recommended reading Skinner BJ and Porter SC, The Dynamic Earth, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
Whitten DGA and Brooks JRV, Dictionary of Geology, Penguin Books, 1972.
MacKenzie WS and Adams AE, A Colour Atlas of Rocks and Minerals in thin Section, Manson Publ, 1994.
Course: Bachelor of Science specimen course - Geological Sciences (S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units





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KEA131 An Introduction to Tasmanian Geology



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