Courses & Units

Sedimentology, Volcanology and Tectonics KEA306

Compulsory 6-day excursion before the start of semester 1 is assessed by field tests, a mapping exercise and a compulsory report. Students are expected to contribute towards excursion accommodation costs.


This unit comprises a six-day field trip, lectures and practical classes on sedimentology, volcanology and tectonics. Comprehensive overviews of (i) sedimentary and volcanic processes and products and (ii) compressional, extensional and transcurrent tectonic settings are related to current interpretations of the geologic evolution of the Earth. The volcanology component covers the links between volcanoes, eruption processes, the architecture of volcanic provinces and tectonic setting. The sedimentology component explores links between tectonic process, basin development and spatial and temporal variations in sedimentary facies. The tectonics component of the unit describes tectonic processes and the features and characteristics of different tectonic settings, and has a particular focus on the tectonic evolution of Tasmania and the southwest Pacific. The field trip takes place the week immediately before Semester 1 begins and provides an introduction to the geological history of central western Tasmania and field techniques underpinning geological interpretations.


Unit name Sedimentology, Volcanology and Tectonics
Unit code KEA306
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Professor Sebastien Meffre
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 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 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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

  • Collect structural, sedimentological, lithological and volcanological data while working safely, responsibly and respectfully
  • Apply scientific methods to research sedimentology, volcanology and tectonic problems in earth sciences
  • Recall and evaluate tectonic, volcanology and sedimentology information to interpret Earth processes
  • Synthesise and communicate the results of laboratory studies, field investigations and literature reviews in scientific writing

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

pre-recorded lectures weekly, 8x 1 hr tutorial sessions, 8 x 3-hr lab sessions, 6 day excursion prior to the start of semester

AssessmentFieldwork sketches, notebooks, cross section, and maps (15%)|Weekly open-book quiz (15%)|Field trip report (20%)|Week 7-12 Practicals (20%)|Exam (30%)
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