ENAR12015 - Structural Geology and Sedimentology
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is designed to introduce students to the recognition, interpretation and classification of major geological structures (structural geology) and sedimentary rocks (sedimentology), building on from preliminary concepts and knowledge introduced in PHYG12003 Geological Science. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer, to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on Rockhampton Campus to promote development of unit learning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PHYG12003 Geological Science.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Group Work 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
5. Portfolio Pass/Fail

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students felt the residential school and the field trips assisted their learning by providing real life examples of the theoretical concepts. Student evaluations. To continue to offer a residential school and associated field trips to assist student learning experience.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures
  2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations
  3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein
  4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.
  5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine
  6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy
  7. Develop and produce professional project reports
  8. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

These are linked to the Fields of Knowledge which MIneral Council of Australia para-professionals (MINAD program) are required to attain to complete a MINAD sponsored associate degree.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio

Prescribed Textbooks

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Author/s: Nichols, G Year: 2009
Edition: Second Publisher: Wiley - Blackwell
City: Chichester State: West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
Structural Geology
Author/s: Fossen, H Year: 2016
Edition: 2 Publisher: Cambridge
City: Cambridge State: Cambridge
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew Hammond - hammonda (a.hammond@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to Structural Geology & Sedimentology

Module 1 (available on the unit website).

Week 2 17-07-2017

Origin and transport of sedimentary material

Module 2 (available on the unit website).

Week 3 24-07-2017

The composition, classification and description of sedimentary rocks

Module 3 (available on the unit website).

Week 4 31-07-2017

Primary rock structures and diagenesis

Module 4 (available on the unit website).

Written Assessment 1 Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Rock deformation and unconformities

Module 5 (available on the unit website).

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Faults, folds and folding

Module 6 (available on the unit website).

Week 7 28-08-2017

Residential School

Rockhampton-based Residential School:

30 August to 01 September

Week 8 04-09-2017 Lineations, foliations and cleavage

Module 7 (available on the unit website).


Group Work during Residential School Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Joints and shear fractures

Module 8 (available on the unit website).

Week 10 18-09-2017

Depositional environments and facies

Module 9 (available on the unit website).

Written Assessment 2 Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Stratigraphy and basin analysis

Module 10 (available on the unit website).

Week 12 02-10-2017

Unit Review and completion of Assessment Items

Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Learning Portfolio Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 1
Task Description

This assessment item tests your knowledge on Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Sedimentology

Part A: (80 marks)

You are a graduate geoscientist about to undertake your first core-logging assignment with your new employer, a major mining company. Describe how you would undertake the lithological descriptions of clastic and non-clastic sedimentary rocks in cores i.e. what are the field and core logging procedures and techniques you would follow to describe your cores and the stratigraphic procedures you would use. Your answer should include a flow diagram (figure) outlining the sequencing of tasks you will undertake to do this. Ensure that you describe what each task and term means e.g. sorting, texture, maturity etc. All tables and figures utilized from the literature are to be suitably referenced using the Harvard System.

Part B: (20 marks)

From Part A extract tables and figures to produce a checklist and geological field wallet that you would take out into the field with you to assess these sedimentary sequences. Ensure that you reference the source/s of this information. You will require this field wallet during your Residential School. Please upload your file/s as either Word format (.doc or .docx) or PDF format.

You will need to look beyond the Study Guide for answers. Please ensure that you only use reputable sites, for example Government web sites and professional bodies. Do cite the source of all external information utilized using the Harvard referencing system.
Please upload your file/s in either Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats so that we can readily open and mark the file/s with our online marking tools.

Note: Further support on writing style and referencing is provided on the Moodle site for this unit.


Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unitcode and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_1
Return Date to Students Returned electronically or via Moodle as ENAR12015 Assignment 1 Marked
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment criteria will be based on:
  • Presentation and layout i.e. the general appearance and style of the report, attention to detail and quality to provide a legible, professional looking report
  • Effective written communication skills i.e. are clear, coherent and succinct that demonstrate an understanding of content
  • Content. This includes the accuracy and relevance of answer, application of knowledge, language and grammar used in answering questions
  • Evidence of sourcing and referencing relevant material beyond that provided in the Study Guide material
  • Showing the requisite equations and using the appropriate SI units and symbols
  • All steps and workings to calculations to be submitted to show how an answer was derived
  • Use of “in text” referencing, appropriately cited figures and tables, a complete reference or bibliographic list at the end of the assignment. All referencing is to be undertaken using the Harvard System.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To Pass this unit you must submit all assessment items (assignments) and obtain a minimum of 40% for any single assessment item (assignment) and must obtain an overall grade of 50% or more on all assessment items (assignments)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_1

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures

2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations

3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein

6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy

7. Develop and produce professional project reports

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Work during Residential School
Task Description

Class members will be assigned to groups during the Residential School. Groups will utilize a range of specialist sedimentological and structural equipment to undertake laboratory and field based tasks. These tasks, along with equipment training, will be outlined during the Residential School. A group submission will be required once the field and equipment derived data has been analyzed, interpreted and discussed. Further details about the group-based assessment items will be provided during the start of the Residential School and placed on Moodle. Some resources, access to cores and field sites are still to be finalized with outside organizations and providers.

As group members you need to be able to allocate tasks to others within your group, to share and or pool information and for the group to submit a cohesive, professional report.

Please upload your file/s in either Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats so that we can readily open and mark the file/s with our online marking tools.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAMES_ENAR12015_Group_Work
Return Date to Students Returned electronically or via Moodle as ENAR12015 Group Assignment Marked
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment criteria will be based on:
  • Presentation and layout i.e. the general appearance and style of the document, attention to detail and quality to provide a legible, professional looking document
  • Effective written communication skills i.e. are clear, coherent and succinct that demonstrate an understanding of content
  • Content. This includes the accuracy and relevance of answer, application of knowledge, language and grammar used in answering questions
  • Evidence of sourcing and referencing relevant material beyond that provided in the Study Guide and Residential School material
  • Use of “in text” referencing, appropriately cited figures and tables, a complete reference or bibliographic list at the end of the assignment. All referencing is to be undertaken using the Harvard System.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To Pass this unit you must submit all assessment items (assignments) and obtain a minimum of 40% for any single assessment item (assignment) and must obtain an overall grade of 50% or more on all assessment items (assignments)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAMES_ENAR12015_Group_Work

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures

2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations

3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein

4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.

5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine

6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy

7. Develop and produce professional project reports

8. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description

This assessment item tests your knowledge of Structural Geology and rock deformation from Modules 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 (these are available in Moodle). This will take the form of a number of short answers questions (20 marks), stereoscopic projections and calculations (20 marks) and some structural geology mapping exercises (40 marks). The structural maps, stereoscopic diagrams and software are to be accessed from the Moodle site.

We will discuss the stereoscopic projections and calculations, software use, and structural geology mapping exercises during our weekly forums on Zoom. You will need to look beyond the Study Guide for some answers. Please ensure that you only use reputable sites, for example Government web sites and professional bodies. Do cite the source of all external information utilized using the Harvard referencing system.

Please upload your file/s in either Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats so that we can readily open and mark the file/s with our online marking tools.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_2
Return Date to Students Returned electronically or via Moodle as ENAR12015 Assignment Marked
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment criteria will be based on:
  • Presentation and layout i.e. the general appearance and style of the report, attention to detail and quality to provide a legible, professional looking report
  • Effective written communication skills i.e. are clear, coherent and succinct that demonstrate an understanding of content
  • Content. This includes the accuracy and relevance of answer, application of knowledge, language and grammar used in answering questions
  • Evidence of sourcing and referencing relevant material beyond that provided in the Study Guide material
  • Showing the requisite equations and using the appropriate SI units and symbols
  • All steps and workings to calculations to be submitted to show how an answer was derived
  • Use of “in text” referencing, appropriately cited figures and tables, a complete reference or bibliographic list at the end of the assignment. All referencing is to be undertaken using the Harvard System.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To Pass this unit you must submit all assessment items (assignments) and obtain a minimum of 40% for any single assessment item (assignment) and must obtain an overall grade of 50% or more on all assessment items (assignments)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_2

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures

3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein

4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.

5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine

6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy

7. Develop and produce professional project reports

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment item will be undertaken during the Residential School (30 August to 01 September) as a combination of practical and theoretical tasks based on field and laboratory measurements and observations. After data manipulation and interpretation, some aspects of which will require customized software, a formal report will need to be submitted for assessment. Further details will be provided during the Residential School as well as being placed on the unit's Moodle site.

Researching the answers to field and laboratory analyses will require extensive Internet searches. You will need to look beyond the Study Guide for answers. Please ensure that you only use reputable sites, for example Government web sites and professional bodies. Do cite the source of all external information utilized using the Harvard referencing system.
Please upload your file/s in either Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF formats so that we can readily open and mark the file/s with our online marking tools.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_4
Return Date to Students Returned electronically or via Moodle as ENAR12015 Assignment Marked
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment criteria will be based on:
  • Presentation and layout i.e. the general appearance and style of the report, attention to detail and quality to provide a legible, professional looking report
  • Effective written communication skills i.e. are clear, coherent and succinct that demonstrate an understanding of content
  • Content. This includes the accuracy and relevance of answer, application of knowledge, language and grammar used in answering questions
  • Evidence of sourcing and referencing relevant material beyond that provided in the Study Guide material
  • Showing the requisite equations and using the appropriate SI units and symbology
  • All steps and workings to calculations to be submitted to show how an answer was derived
  • Use of “in text” referencing, appropriately cited figures and tables, a complete reference or bibliographic list at the end of the assignment. All referencing is to be undertaken using the Harvard System.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To Pass this unit you must submit all assessment items (assignments) and obtain a minimum of 40% for any single assessment item (assignment) and must obtain an overall grade of 50% or more on all assessment items (assignments)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Assignment_4

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures

2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations

3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein

4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.

5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine

6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy

7. Develop and produce professional project reports

8. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



5 Portfolio

Assessment Title Learning Portfolio
Task Description

The Learning Portfolio will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on and discuss topics they are covering each week. Questions will be raised each week via a weekly forum on Moodle and discussed further during the weekly forum responses and during the weekly online Zoom sessions. Students will be required to record and demonstrate their weekly participation by recording details of this in their Learning Portfolio.

The Learning Portfolio is to include:

  • a weekly Study Diary of the topics discussed
  • a brief outline of the questions raised and discussed during the weekly forum and online Zoom sessions, and
  • outlining how these relate to the unit's learning outcomes (Reflective Learning).

The key requirement for this assessment item is for a student to be brief yet succinct in his/her record-keeping and to demonstrate active online participation and engagement with the unit's content via the weekly online Zoom sessions.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Learning Portfolio
Return Date to Students Returned electronically or via Moodle as ENAR12015 Portfolio Marked
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This assessment criteria will be based on:

  • Making regular, weekly entries, into your Study Diary
  • Ensuring you accurately state the question/s raised and succinctly yet briefly outline the discussion derived thereof during the weekly forum and online Zoom sessions
  • Presentation and layout i.e. the general appearance and style of the document, attention to detail and quality to provide a legible, professional looking document
  • Effective written communication skills i.e. are clear, coherent and succinct that demonstrate an understanding of content
  • Content. This includes the accuracy and relevance of answer, application of knowledge, language and grammar used in answering questions
  • Evidence of sourcing and referencing relevant material beyond that provided in the Study Guide material
  • Use of “in text” referencing, appropriately cited figures and tables, a complete reference or bibliographic list at the end of the assignment. All referencing is to be undertaken using the Harvard System.

To PASS this assessment item a student must demonstrate that s/he has actively engaged with at least 75% of the total material covered during the weekly Moodle forums and online Zoom sessions.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass/Fail
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_ENAR12015_Learning Portfolio

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures

2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations

3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein

4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.

5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine

6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy

7. Develop and produce professional project reports

8. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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