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 provides introductions to structural geology, geophysics, geochronology, and metamorphic and igneous petrology, providing the basic knowledge and skills needed to recognize and interpret Earth materials and their history. There is a strong emphasis on the methods and skills required to produce and interpret geological maps.


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
Teaching staff Doctor Michael Baker|Doctor Michael Roach|Doctor Sebastien Meffre
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Outline current knowledge and scientific theories upon which systematic understanding of the Earth's interior and geological history is based
  • Interpret the geological history of rocks and regions using a range of techniques (e.g. geological mapping, geophysics, analysis of structural data, thin section petrography)
  • Produce interpretive cross-sections of subsurface geology based on surface geological and/or geophysical data
  • (Working either individually or in groups) Collect meaningful geological information (e.g. rock types, spatial and geometric information, etc) in the field or from digital simulations of rock outcrops.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010703 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

Online pre-recorded lectures (2-3hrs per week), 12 x 3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester, 2, 2-2.5 days of fieldtrip (mid-semester), 13 x 1hr tutorial weekly 

AssessmentTest or quiz (10%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (50%)|Laboratory/practical (20%)|Field Notes/Report (10%)|Test or quiz (10%)
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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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