PHYG12003 - Geological Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

To provide the student with a knowledge of the structure, composition and mode of formation of the common rocks and materials. Students will also gain knowledge of the geological processes which sculptured the earth since its formation. On completion of the unit, the student will be able to define and identify the more common rock types, describe the processes which form them, and relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics. It is intended to develop some of the themes briefly developed in the first-year science unit, Applications of Environmental Science (ENVR 11012). While not a prerequisite, it would be advantageous to have completed this unit.

Details

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

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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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 15%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Group Work 10%
4. Written Assessment 15%
5. Examination 40%

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
Field trips are essential and integral to student learning in the natural resource sciences. Student feedback - verbal and email. Continue to offer our highly regarded field trips in 2017
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define and identify the more common rock types.
  2. Describe the processes which form them.
  3. Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Group Work
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Group Work  
4 - Written Assessment  
5 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

Rocks and Landscapes of the National Parks of Central Queensland
Author/s: Willmott, W Year: 2006
Edition: Publisher: Geological Society of Australia
City: Brisbane State: Qld
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: The prescribed text Geology: An Introduction to Physical Geology by Chernicoff and Whitney, 2007 (4th edition) is Out of Print. The relevant chapters have been copied off and are available online through the Library and the course's Moodle website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Goggle Earth
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 06-03-2017
  • Lecture 1a: Introduction to Planet Earth & Tectonics
  • Lecture 1b: Rock Forming Minerals
  • Study Guide Modules 1 & 2
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 1 & 2; Appendices B & D
  • Practical 1: Rock Forming Minerals
Week 2 13-03-2017
  • Lecture 2a: Introduction to Planet Earth & Tectonics
  • Lecture 2b: Rock Forming Minerals
  • Study Guide Modules 1 & 2
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 1 & 2; Appendices B & D
  • Practical 2: Rock Forming Minerals Continued
Week 3 20-03-2017
  • Lecture 3a: Intrusive Igneous Rocks & Processes
  • Lecture 3b: Extrusive Igneous Rocks & Processes
  • Study Guide Module 3
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 3 & 4
  • Practical 3: Igneous Rocks
Week 4 27-03-2017
  • Lecture 4a: Weathering & Soil Formation
  • Lecture 4b: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Study Guide Modules 4 & 5
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 5 & 6
  • Practical 4: Sedimentary Rocks & Soils.
Week 5 03-04-2017
  • Lecture 5a: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks
  • Lecture 5b: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks
  • Study Guide Module 6
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 7
  • Practical 5: Metamorphic Rocks
Assignment 1: Field Guide to your local geology Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
  • Lecture 6a: Earth Structures - Folds, Faults & Fabrics
  • Lecture 6b: Earth Structures - Folds, Faults & Fabrics
  • Study Guide Module 7
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 9
  • Practical 6: Introduction to Geological Maps & Structures
Week 7 24-04-2017
  • Lecture 7a: Dating Techniques & Geological Time
  • Lecture 7b: Dating Techniques & Geological Time
  • Study Guide Module 8
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 8
Week 8 01-05-2017
  • Compulsory Residential School & Field Trips (02 to 05 May)
  • Non lecture week

Compulsory Residential School

  • Distance Education/Flex students: 02 to 05 May (Please note that FULL DAY attendance is required each day.
  • Internal (ROK) Students: 04 & 05 May only if there are >10 enrolled INTERNAL (ROK) STUDENTS. If <10 internal (ROK) students, the residential school will be run over 4 days with the Distance Education students i.e. 02 to 05 May. Please note that FULL DAY attendance is required each day of the Residential School.
Practical Examination Due Wednesday (03 May 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017
  • Lecture 9a: Soils & Soil Formation
  • Lecture 9b: Soils & Soil Formation
  • Study Guide Module 4
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 5
Field Mapping Group Work Due Friday (12 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017
  • Lecture 10a: Groundwater
  • Lecture 10b: Glaciers & Ice Ages
  • Study Guide Modules 9 & 10
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 16 & 17.
  • Habermehl reference in Course Resources Online (CRO)
Week 11 22-05-2017
  • Lecture 11a: Glaciers & Ice Ages
  • Lecture 11b: Earth Resources
  • Study Guide Modules 10 & 11
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters, 17 & 20
Week 12 29-05-2017
  • Lecture 12 a: Earth Resources
  • Lecture 12b: Course Summary & Review
  • Study Guide Module 11
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 20
Residential School Field Trip Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Theory Examination to be undertaken during the Exam Week

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1: Field Guide to your local geology
Task Description

This assessment is designed to test and apply your newly acquired rock and mineral identification skills to the real world i.e. the field situation, to source site specific geological information and to hone your scientific report writing skills. The aim is to synthesize this information and produce a high quality geological field guide.

Scenario

You have been asked by your local Rotary Club, as the “geological expert”, to lead a field trip that will look at some geological features of interest in your local area. You are to produce a “Geological Field Guide” for participants.

This exercise may require some fieldwork within your local area.

HINT: Undertake an internet search to glean ideas from existing field guides in the published literature e.g. Australian Geological Society and other professional society field guides.

Further support material for this assessment task will be posted on Moodle along with some Exemplars. We will also discuss this assessment item during the weekly in-class and on-line Tutorials and on Moodle forums.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your ability to write a well researched, succinctly written and well illustrated scientific document. Please view the course's Moodle site for the assessment criteria rubric associated with this assessment item. Carefully read the details outlined in the assessment criteria rubric, ensuring you think about how to address all the assessment criteria outlined in the rubric before commencing the assessment item. Prior to finalising your submission ensure that you check to see that you have addressed all of the assessment criteria outlined in the rubric.

Further discussion about your topic and the assessment criteria will be undertaken via in-class and online Tutorials, Moodle Forums and Posts.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this course you must obtain a minimum of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please use the upload link on Moodle for online electronic assignment submission as a MS WORD or PDF document. It is expected that you will adopt the file-naming protocol indicated on the Moodle site and for it to be followed as it is indicated. It is important that you do this as your individual file is one of many and replicating the correct file-naming protocol reduces the chances of omissions, losses and errors.

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

1. Define and identify the more common rock types.

2. Describe the processes which form them.

3. Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.

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

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Examination
Task Description

The Practical Examination (1.5 hour duration plus 5 minutes reading time) will test your rock and mineral identification skills and geological map interpretation skills.

Distance Education/Flex students will undertake their Practical Examination during the second day (afternoon) of their Residential School. Distance Education/Flex students please bring your rock and mineral kits to the Residential School as we will be going over (revising) the practicals already attempted each week earlier in the term. If you have not attempted ALL of your practicals prior to the Residential School you will find it extremely difficult to pass your Practical Examination.

Internal (ROK) students will undertake their Practical Examination during week 7 (time and venue to be advised) if there are > 10 internally enrolled (ROK) students. If there are < 10 internally enrolled (ROK) students, these students will undertake the full 4 day Residential School ALONG WITH the Distance Education/Flex students and will undertake their Practical Examination ALONG WITH the Distance Education/Flex students.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Wednesday (03-May-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Distance education students will undertake a Practical Exam on Wednesday 03 May during the Residential School. Internal students will undertake their Practical Exam during week 7 if there are greater than 10 students enrolled, time and venue to be advised on Moodle and during lectures. Otherwise, internal (ROK) students will undertake their Practical Exam along with the Distance Education students during the Residential School period.
Return Date to Students Practical Exam marks will be posted on Moodle within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You (individually) will be assessed on your:

  • Ability to identify hand specimens of the more common rock forming minerals by applying your newly acquired knowledge of their diagnostic properties and the key tests used in their characterization.
  • Ability to classify igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks
  • Ability to interpret simple geological structures, geological successions and timing from geological and topographical maps
  • Ability to read a geological map to make resource management decisions
  • Ability to draw geological cross-sections
  • Ability to operate some commonly used geological equipment e.g. geological compass, global positioning system, hand lens
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this course you must obtain a minimum of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

The Practical Examination will be conducted in a Practical Room where the examination paper and geological samples will be distributed.

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

1. Define and identify the more common rock types.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



3 Group Work

Assessment Title Field Mapping Group Work
Task Description

This assessment item is designed to test the recently acquired rock and mineral identification, classification and mapping skills of small groups of students (Group Work) in the field. The Group Work will take the form of a simple geological field mapping exercise (transects) over a defined geographic area using some basic geological instruments. The operation of these instruments will be demonstrated at the onset of the mapping exercise.

Further details pertaining to the mapping tasks will be demonstrated to the combined cohort of Internal (ROK) and Distance/Flex students during the field trip component of the Residential School (04 to 05 May). Each Group are to submit a combined report online for assessment via Moodle. It will take the form of a short report, which includes maps, photos and field sketches.

The type and nature of field mapping activities to be conducted is dependent upon a number of variables, namely weather conditions and accessibility to geo-sites on the day. Consequently, some changes to tasks may need to be made on the day/s of the field trip.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Each group will be assessed on it's ability to:

  • Conduct a simple geological mapping exercise in the field by utilising some basic geological tools e.g. geological compass, an aerial base map, global positioning system etc.
  • Identify and classify the rocks and minerals observed at the delegated field mapping site
  • Produce a geological map and cross sections based on the group's field observations and measurements
  • Unravel the stratigraphic succession (rock record and history ) at the designated field site and to relate this to Plate Tectonics theory.

Please note that some aspects of these criteria may be altered on the day due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. inclement weather conditions, tidal conditions, accessibility of geo-sites or other factors.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this course you must obtain a minimum of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

Please use the upload link on Moodle for online electronic assignment submission of your Group Work as a MS WORD or PDF document. It is expected that you will adopt the file-naming protocol indicated on the Moodle site and for it to be followed as it is indicated. It is important that you do this as your individual file is one of many and replicating the correct file-naming protocol reduces the chances of omissions, losses and errors.

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

1. Define and identify the more common rock types.

2. Describe the processes which form them.

3. Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Residential School Field Trip Report
Task Description

During the course of 2 days of field work (04 to 05 May) a number of sites of geological interest in the Rockhampton area will be visited. At each of these geo-sites you will be asked to make notes on the rocks and minerals encountered, their geological ages, the geological features observed and to take photographs and GPS positions for your records. This information will be recorded on Tablets, CQU to provide, as well as in field notebooks.

The objective of this assessment item is for you (individually) to relate your field observations to the major geological events that have occurred in central Queensland i.e. relate to the central Queensland stratigraphic column of geological events in (see page 6 in Willmott, your text book). You will need to relate the rocks and landforms you encountered during your field work to their corresponding geological time periods. These, in turn, are to be related to geological events. This information is to be placed into your field report which each member of the class is to submit i.e it's an individual assessment item.

Further details as to the tasks to be performed at each of the field sites visited will be outlined during the onset of the Residential School and during the course of the field trips. Tasks may alter on the days/s due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. inclement weather conditions, accessibility to geo-sites etc. Instructions on the use of Tablets and other geological equipment will be provided both prior to and during the 2 days of field work.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Please use the upload link on Moodle for online electronic assignment submission as a MS WORD or PDF document. It is expected that you will adopt the file-naming protocol indicated on the Moodle site and for it to be followed as it is indicated. It is important that you do this as your individual file is one of many and replicating the correct file-naming protocol reduces the chances of omissions, losses and errors.
Return Date to Students Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment item is to take the form of a Field Report. Marks will be awarded for:

  • Adequacy and accuracy of field descriptions
  • Neatness and clarity of field sketches, photos and maps
  • Ability to present a coherent and logical geological sequence of events and the ability to place these within the prevailing plate tectonic model.
  • General presentation and layout of the report
  • Readability and grammar
  • Use and adequacy of referencing.

Note: this assessment item will be discussed further during Moodle forums and tutorials both prior to and after the conclusion of the residential school field trips.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this course you must obtain a minimum of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please use the upload link on Moodle for online electronic assignment submission as a MS WORD or PDF document. It is expected that you will adopt the file-naming protocol indicated on the Moodle site and for it to be followed as it is indicated. It is important that you do this as your individual file is one of many and replicating the correct file-naming protocol reduces the chances of omissions, losses and errors.

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

1. Define and identify the more common rock types.

2. Describe the processes which form them.

3. Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.

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

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Define and identify the more common rock types.

2. Describe the processes which form them.

3. Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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