Courses & Units

Environmental Geology KEA348



Involves 3 days of excursions. Students are expected to contribute toward excursion accommodation costs


One of the greatest challenges we face in society today is the management of waste with the mining industry producing billions of tonnes of mine waste annually. If these wastes are inappropriately managed then environments and communities in proximity to the mines can be severely impacted. Motivated by this, the unit focuses on geoenvironmental issues that relate to how human activities can affect geological materials, and problems that can arise from such interactions. This will be taught through lectures, diverse practicals and local fieldtrips. The unit provides an introduction to aqueous geochemistry and environmental geophysics. The unit also includes 3.5 days of field work in western Tasmania. Specific components of the course include: Environmental Geochemistry, covering basic principles of aqueous geochemistry for geoscientists; Mine wastes, covering environmental impacts of mining and an introduction to mining, mineral processing and geometallurgy; Rehabilitation of contaminated sites including hydrology, and Environmental Geophysics, covering application of non-invasive geophysical techniques to assess environmental geology problems.

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), now recognised as the minimum professional level of training. This unit is required for undertaking Honours in Environmental Geology and is desirable for Honours in General Geology, Economic Geology, Marine Geoscience and Geophysics.


Unit name Environmental Geology
Unit code KEA348
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Clare Miller

Teaching staff

Prof David Cooke,  Dr Angela Escolme, Dr Julie Hunt and Dr Jonathan Cloutier

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 3-hr practical weekly (13 wks), 3 days field work


Assignments and practical assessments throughout semester 2 and excursion (40%); theory exam in Nov (60%)

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Mine Wastes by B.G. Lottermoser

Introducing Groundwater by M. Price

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