EAE3540 - Geology in the field - 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)

Associate Professor Peter Betts


Associate Professor Peter Betts

Unit guides



  • Winter semester 2018 (On-campus)


ESC3201 or EAE3511

In order to enrol in this unit students will need to apply via the Science Student Services officeScience Student Services office (http://www.monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/help).




A three-week field camp during the mid-year vacation, the unit aims to teach the skills of geological mapping in a classic field location of Australian geology. The emphasis will be on observing, recording, and interpreting geologic phenomena in the field. Students will draw on a theoretical background of lectures and laboratory studies in first, second and third-year geology to analyse real rocks in the real world. Students will use their observations and interpretations to construct geological maps and cross-sections and determine the geological history of a complex poly-deformed terrane.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Observe and interpret the distribution of lithologies and structures in the field.
  2. Describe the basic concepts of field mapping techniques.
  3. Produce a geological map and cross-sections from field observations.
  4. Determine the relationship between structure and metamorphic assemblages.
  5. Visualise complex three dimensional geometries.
  6. Unravel the geological history of one of the most complexly deformed terranes on the planet.
  7. Determine overprinting relationships from field geology.
  8. Communicate results in a written report.
  9. Work in a team environment and communicate of results with peers.


Geological map 60%

Geological cross section: 10%

Elective or alternative assessment: 15%

Rock test: 10%

Field performance: 5%

Workload requirements

16-21 days over the mid-year vacation

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