Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Geosciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Marion Anderson


A continuation of the introduction to Geosciences. Topics include: Plate tectonics; formation and evolution of ocean basins and continents, earthquakes and volcanoes, mountain ranges and the formation of coal, petroleum and mineral deposits; the formation of rocks in various sedimentary environments and how rocks and the crust deform over geologic time; palaeontology and the evolution of life in Earth's history; the importance of groundwater hydrology, aqueous geochemistry and transport of elements in waters of the Earth's surface and crust.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the major features of ocean basins and continents, and describe some of the processes which form them;

  1. Discuss the processes of sedimentation and use the information tied up in sedimentary rocks to infer their environments of deposition;

  1. Identify the features of, and recognise and explain the processes which deform rocks and minerals;

  1. Describe the geologic evolution of Australia and, more specifically, Victoria;

  1. Explain how fossils can be used to study the evolution of life through geologic time, and use them to infer past palaeoclimatics;

  1. Discuss different types of ore, coal and petroleum deposits and explain some of the processes that form them;

  1. Explain and apply aspects of geosciences which are important to the environment;

  1. Explain some of the aspects of remote sensing and how they relate to the study of our planet and other planets.


Examination (2 hours): 50%
Laboratory work, quizzes, assignment and two field excursions: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week


ESC1011, or permission