EAE2532 - Field geology and geological mapping - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sandy Cruden


Professor Sandy Cruden

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




One of EAE2522, EAE2322




The goal of this unit is to provide students with they key skills required to collect and analyse structural, lithological and stratigraphic data in the field, including how to construct and analyse geological maps. Relevant theoretical and practical background will be covered in blended learning workshops on-campus prior to leaving for the field. A seven-day intensive mapping camp in the Buchan area of eastern Victoria is a major component of the course.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of geological mapping in a variety of settings;
  2. Measurement and document structural, lithological and stratigraphic data in the field and use this data to analyse the geological evolution of a region;
  3. Construct accurate geological maps and cross-sections based on acquired field data;
  4. Analyse and interpret geological maps;
  5. Demonstrate their comprehension of the origin of field-based geological information presented in the literature;
  6. Synthesize large amounts of geological data and express the findings both orally and as a written scientific report;
  7. Practice safe behaviour in the field.


On-campus practical assessment: 15%

Field exercises and cross sections: 55%

Field report: 10%

Oral exam: 15%

Participation mark: 5%

Workload requirements

  • Week 1-9: one 3-hour workshop per week
  • Mid-semester break: 7 days field work (56 hours) plus two travel days
  • Week 10-11: one 3-hour workshop per week to follow up on field work activities
  • Five hours of independent study per week

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