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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).


Comprises lectures and practical classes covering tectonics, key events in the Earth's evolution, and volcanology. The principles of compressional, extensional and transform tectonics will be presented. The unit will show how modern models of major Earth processes are supported by data from geophysics, petrology and volcanology. The volcanology portion of the course focuses on volcanoes that are characteristic of different tectonic settings, and the links between magma compositions, volcano type and eruption styles. The unit also involves a 6-day field excursion that precedes the beginning of semester 1. The field trip examines the geology of western Tasmania and provides practical experience in mapping and interpreting complex outcrops. Daily field tests, a mapping exercise and a major field report are included in the course 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 unit is required for undertaking Honours in General Geology, Marine Geosciences and Geophysics, and desirable for Honours in Environmental Geology and Economic geology.

Summary 2020

Unit name Tectonics and Volcanology
Unit code KEA306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Assoc. Prof Sebastien Meffre

Teaching staff

Prof Anya Reading, Dr Martin Jutzeler

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



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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures and 1 x 3-hr lab session for the final 5 weeks of semester 1, 6 day excursion before the start of semester


Field trip report, field exercises (35%), practical assignments (15%), 2-hr theory exam in June (50%)

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