Faculty of Science

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Geosciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Roberto Weinberg


Geology is essentially a forensic science, and every geologist needs to know the vital clues to look for in rocks in order to work out how the earth evolved. The unit will:

  1. focus on case studies from modern and ancient mountain belts
  2. teach the basic skills necessary to unravel the history of deformation and metamorphism in zones of the Earth's crust affected by tectonism
  3. show how these observations can be linked and used to infer the large scale evolution of the earth.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and classify small to large scale structures and interpret their significance;

  1. Apply concepts of geometric and kinematic structural analysis;

  1. Identify deformational behaviour of major rock forming minerals at different conditions;

  1. Recognise and describe different type of metamorphic rocks in rock specimen and thin section;

  1. Understand different types of metamorphism and their relations to distinct tectonic settings;

  1. Quantify the conditions of metamorphism;

  1. Identify metamorphic reactions using mineral textures and apply this knowledge to define P-T-t paths of metamorphic rocks;

  1. Understand basic thermodynamic concepts behind metamorphism and deformation;

  1. Combine scientific data to understand the relationship between metamorphism and deformation.


Closed book theory examination (2 hours): 45%
Open book practical examination (3 hours): 25%
Ongoing assessment of practical exercises submitted after each case study: 30%

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.

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