Courses & Units

Geological Mapping KEA310


Compulsory 10 day excursion before the start of semester. Students are expected to contribute towards excursion accommodation costs.


Comprises a series of lectures and practicals covering the application of structural geology, metamorphic petrology and geophysical methods in the production and interpretation of geological maps. The structural geology component of the unit emphasises (i) the fundamental principles of fault, foliation and fold development, (ii) structural mapping and measurements, (iii) determination of deformation sequences in poly-deformed areas, and (iv) the interpretation of deformation regimes from field data and map-scale geological relations. The metamorphic petrology component of the unit covers (i) basic principles of thermodynamics, metamorphic reactions and radiogenic isotopes, and (ii) their application in resolving pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) paths for metamorphic terrains. In addition, various geophysical methods (magnetic, electrical, gravity, radiometrics) will be introduced and utilised as an aid in geologic mapping. The course also involves a 10 day field excursion to the Broken Hill region of New South Wales. Students will be required to produce maps, cross sections and a report as part of the assessment.

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), which is now recognised as the minimum professional level of training. This course is required for undertaking Honours in General Geology, Economic Geology, Environmental Geology, Geophysics and Marine Geoscience.


Unit name Geological Mapping
Unit code KEA310
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Robert Scott

Teaching staff

Dr Michael Roach, Dr Michael Baker

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


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Band Field of Education
2 010703

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KEA208 and KEA209


Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures and 1x3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester 2, 10 day excursion before the start of semester.


practical exams and assessment (30%), 2-hr theory exam (30%), excursion geological maps, field notebook and report (40%)

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