Courses & Units

Advanced Topics in Earth Science KEA401


This unit is compulsary for Honours in Earth Sciences students who specialise in Earth Sciences, Economic Geology or Environmental Geosciences, and is optional for students specialising in Geophysics.This unit introduces students to specialist topics in earth sciences, including field mapping skills, and a choice of either igneous petrology, mineralogy, structural geology or geochronology. Unit delivery is via two intensive teaching blocks involving a combination of lectures and practical components, one of these teaching blocks is the Exploration Field Skills mapping camp where geological mapping and resource exploration skills are taught and assessed during a one-week field excursion beginning two-weeks prior to the start of Semester 1.


Unit name Advanced Topics in Earth Science
Unit code KEA401
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Martin Jutzeler
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Select and apply appropriate advanced methods to collect and record Earth Science data
  • Evaluate and make advanced interpretations of Earth Science data, reports or literature
  • Compile and discuss Earth Science data and interpretations both orally and as written word to a scientific audience at an advanced level
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Students may enrol in this unit if they are eligible to enter Honours in the Earth Sciences Discipline (e.g., have an Earth Science major), or with the approval of the Unit Coordinator.


Teaching Pattern

A combination of block teaching, fieldwork and independent learning

AssessmentPracticals (40%)|Quizzes (10%)|Practical Exercises (50%)
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