Courses & Units

Deep Earth KEA209


This unit provides students with an understanding of geological processes that shape the Earth and the tools and approaches used to map and interpret the geology of the Earth's crust and mantle. The unit covers igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, geophysics, geochronology at an intermediate level and provides students with theoretical knowledge and skills needed to recognize and interpret Deep Earth materials and their histories. There is also an emphasis on the methods and skills required to produce and interpret geological maps. KEA209 is both a compulsory unit in the Earth Sciences major, and a perquisite for all 300-level units in Earth Sciences.


Unit name Deep Earth
Unit code KEA209
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Robert Scott
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the composition and structure of Deep Earth materials, and the processes that operate within the Deep Earth
  • Analyse exhumed Deep Earth products to inform interpretations of geological history
  • Produce and interpret geological maps and cross-sections using geological tools and practices.
  • Work safely, responsibly and respectfully to collect geological information in the field and laboratory

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





Teaching Pattern

2-3 hrs of online pre-recorded lectures per week, 12 weekly 3-hr practical sessions, 13 x 1 hr weekly tutorials, and a two-day fieldtrip in the mid-semester break,

AssessmentAssessment Task 3. Geological mapping and field skills (10%)|Assessment Task 2. Weekly Quizzes (15%)|Assessment Task 4. Practical tests (15%)|Assessment Task 1. Practicals (30%)|Assessment Task 5 - Final Exam (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Van der Pluijm B. A. & Marshak S., 1997, Earth structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics.

Fossen H., 2010, Structural Geology, Cambridge University Press.

Winter, J.D., 2013, Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology. (2nd ed): Pearson Education.  

MacKenzie, W.S., Adams, A.C., and Brodie, K.H., 2017, Rocks and minerals in thin section (2nd ed)

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