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.

For more information refer to Excursion 2020 (PDF 132KB).


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 Doctor Sebastien Meffre
Teaching staff Doctor Karin Orth|Professor Leonid Danyushevsky|Associate Professor Rebecca Carey
Available as student 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
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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

  • Evaluate tectonic scenarios using structural, sedimentological and volcanological information to understand regional geological history
  • Explain connections between magma composition, eruptive style and the architecture of volcanoes typical of different tectonic settings
  • Apply sedimentology, volcanology and tectonic theory, concepts and methods to relevant research problems in earth sciences
  • Synthesise the results of field investigations (e.g. recorded lithological, structural and volcanological data) and relevant scientific literature in answers to questions and appropriately referenced written reports
  • Collect structural, sedimentological, lithological and volcanological field data to interpret the formation, geological history and/or tectonic setting of rocks and regions
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 $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentFinal Exam (50%)|Excursion report (20%)|Practicals (15%)|Field tests (10%)|Mapping Exercise (5%)
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