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 Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Marion Anderson


A continuation of the introduction to Geosciences. Topics include: Minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks and their formation processes; Plate tectonics and surface processes; mountain building and ocean basis formation; Micropalaeontology and its applications to basin analysis; Structural geology - how rocks and the crust deform over geologic time; Geochemistry and groundwater.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify rock-forming minerals, and common rock types;

  1. Describe the chemical and physical processes involved in the formation of common minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks;

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

  1. Identify and describe microfossils associated with basin formation;

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

  1. Describe geochemical processes that affect the rocks and minerals at the Earth's surface;

  1. Apply these skills and principles to rocks examined in field environments.


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

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures per week and twelve 3-hour practicals per semester

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ESC1011 or ENV1011, or permission