Geological Field Skills


This module initiates the development of high quality field skills. These relate to the field identification of rock types; the distinction and recognition of adjacent rock units and their relationships; the quantitative measurement of bedding structures, and understanding the significance of their relationships; sedimentary and structural logging methods; an introduction to 1:10,000 geological and geomorphological mapping. Approaches to producing high quality reports based on field observations and interpretations as are introduced. Fieldwork includes three days in semester 1 where formative assessment is undertaken and 10 days in semester 2 with a range of formative and summative assessment methods.


Submitted coursework from individual exercises completed during the Semester 2 field course including (1) Sedimentary logging exercise, (2) Geological Mapping exercise, (3) Structural Geology exercise, and (4) Estuarine sedimentary structures exercise. After the fieldwork students will submit (5) short (2 page A4) summary of the Cambrian environments, (6) a short (2 page A4) summary of the igneous rocks and their modes or formation, and (7) completed field notebook. The weighting of these remains flexible in response to changing fieldwork situations but in general the longer time spent on an individual exercise the greater the weighting assigned.