CQUniversity Unit Profile
PHYG12003 Term 1 - 2021
Geological Science
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General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Self-reflection & staff feedback

Feedback

The laboratory/practical aspects were difficult to run as no Residential School was run in Term 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Recommendation

To seek assistance from Learning & Teaching to undertake high quality 3D photographs of the minerals, rocks and ores in our teaching collection to assist in online teaching via Zoom Tutorials

Feedback from Student feedback via Zoom and telephone conversations.

Feedback

To continue to offer a field trip for this unit so that the concepts and skills gained in the more theoretical parts of this unit could be tested in the field.

Recommendation

The set Term 1 Residential School field trip is to be offered in Term 3 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The training and use of field equipment and the acquisition of field skills will continue to be conducted and assessed, under supervision, in the field. Responses from student feedback are that they are all keen for the field trip to continue and to practice their recently acquired theoretical and practical skills in the field setting.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 20%
3 - Group Work - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 15%
5 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 20%
3 - Group Work - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 15%
5 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Rock and Mineral Kit NA (2021)

Authors: School of Engineering & Technology
NA
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ISBN: NA
Binding: Other
Prescribed

ROCKS AND LANDSCAPES OF THE NATIONAL PARKS OF CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 1 (2006)

Authors: Willmott, W
Geological Society of Australia
Brisbane Brisbane , Qld , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Textbook copies are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).  

Other references will be provided in Moodle when it becomes active. 

The Rock and Mineral Kit can be ordered a fortnight before Term 1 starts (when Moodle becomes active) from School of Engineering & Technology. Details will be placed on Moodle site on how to order a kit. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Zoom capacity (web cam and microphone)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Andrew or Andy Hammond Unit Coordinator
a.hammond@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lecture 1a: Introduction to Planet Earth & Tectonics
  • Lecture 1b: Rock Forming Minerals

Chapter

  • Study Guide Modules 1 & 2
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 1 & 2; Appendices B & D

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Practical 1: Rock-Forming Minerals
  • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lecture 2a: Introduction to Planet Earth & Tectonics
  • Lecture 2b: Rock Forming Minerals

Chapter

  • Study Guide Modules 1 & 2
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 1 & 2; Appendices B & D

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Practical 2: Rock-Forming Minerals Continued
  • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lecture 3a: Intrusive Igneous Rocks & Processes
  • Lecture 3b: Extrusive Igneous Rocks & Processes

Chapter

  • Study Guide Module 3
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 3 & 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Practical 3: Igneous Rocks
  • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lecture 4a: Weathering & Sedimentary Rocks
  • Lecture 4b: Sedimentary Rocks

Chapter

  • Study Guide Modules 4 & 5
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 5 & 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Practical 4: Sedimentary Rocks & Soils
  • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lecture 5a: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks
  • Lecture 5b: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks

Chapter

  • Study Guide Module 6
  • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Practical 5: Metamorphic Rocks
  • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session



    Assignment 1: Field Guide to your local geology Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
    Vacation Week - Non Teaching Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 6a: Earth Structures - Folds, Faults & Fabrics
    • Lecture 6b: Earth Structures - Folds, Faults & Fabrics

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Module 7
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 9

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Practical 6: Introduction to Geological Maps & Structures
    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

    Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Compulsory Residential School & Field Trips (27 to 30 April)
    • Non lecture week

    Chapter

    • Textbook (Willmott): Chapter 1

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Compulsory Residential School

    • Distance Education students: 27 to 30  April (Please note that FULL DAY attendance is required each day to PASS this unit.
    • Internal (ROK) Students: 29 to 30 April only if there are >10 enrolled INTERNAL (ROK) STUDENTS. If <10 internal (ROK) students, the Residential School will be run over full 4 days with the Distance Education students i.e. 27 to 30 April. Please note that FULL DAY attendance is required each day of the Residential School to PASS this unit.
    • Practical Exam during Residential School



    Practical Examination Due: Week 7 Wednesday (28 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
    Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 7a: Stratigraphy - Dating Techniques & Geological Time
    • Lecture 7b: Stratigraphy - Dating Techniques & Geological Time

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Module 8
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 8

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

    Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 8a: Weathering & Soil/Regolith Formation
    • Lecture 8b: Weathering & Soil/Regolith Formation

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Module 4
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 5

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session


    Field Mapping Group Work Due: Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
    Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 9a: Groundwater
    • Lecture 9b: Glaciers & Ice Ages

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Modules 9 & 10
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters 16 & 17.
    • Groundwater references provided in Course Resources Online (CRO)

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session
    Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 10a: Glaciers & Ice Ages
    • Lecture 10b: Earth Resources

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Modules 10 & 11
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapters, 17 & 20

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session
    Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

    Module/Topic

    • Lecture 11a: Earth Resources
    • Lecture 11b: Course Summary & Review

    Chapter

    • Study Guide Module 11
    • Textbook (Chernicoff & Whitney): Chapter 20

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session

    Individual Residential School Field Trip Report Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
    Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Weekly Zoom Tutorial Session


    Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

    Module/Topic

    Chapter

    Events and Submissions/Topic

    • Theory Examination to be undertaken during the Exam Week
    Assessment Tasks

    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 in 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 to 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 Zoom Tutorials and in Moodle Forums and Posts.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

    Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_PHYG12003_Assignment No. or TITLE


    Return Date to Students

    Week 6 Monday (19 Apr 2021) 12:00 am AEST

    Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment


    Weighting
    15%

    Minimum mark or grade
    To pass this course you must obtain a minimum mark of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.

    Assessment Criteria

    You will be assessed on your ability to write a well researched, succinctly written and well illustrated scientific document. Please view the unit's Moodle site for the assessment criteria rubric associated with this assessment item. Carefully read the details outlined in the assessment criteria rubric before commencing the assessment item. Prior to finalizing 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 Zoom Tutorials, Moodle Forums and Posts.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    Please use the upload link in Moodle for online electronic assignment submission as a MICROSOFT 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
    • Define and identify the more common rock types.
    • Describe the processes which form them.
    • Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Information Technology Competence
    • Cross Cultural Competence
    • 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 mineral and rock identification skills and your geological map interpretation skills.

    Distance Education students will undertake their Practical Examination during the second day (afternoon) of their Residential School. Distance Education 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 prior to the Residential School. 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 in Moodle) 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 students and will undertake their Practical Examination ALONG WITH the Distance Education students.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 7 Wednesday (28 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

    Students will undertake a Practical Exam on Wednesday 28 April during the Residential School. Internal (ROK) 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

    Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST

    Practical Exam marks will be posted on Moodle within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment.


    Weighting
    20%

    Minimum mark or grade
    To pass this course you must obtain a minimum mark of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.

    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 characterisation.
    • 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 and environmental 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, tablet with geological software.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Offline

    Submission Instructions
    The Practical Examination will be conducted in a Practical Room where the practical examination paper along with geological samples will be distributed.

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Define and identify the more common rock types.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • 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 natural setting, 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, tablets and software. The operation of these instruments and software will be demonstrated at the onset of the mapping exercise during the Residential School.

    Further details pertaining to the mapping tasks will be demonstrated to the combined cohort of Internal (ROK) and Distance students during the field trip component of the Residential School (27 to 30  April). Each Group are to submit a combined or group report online for assessment via Moodle. It will take the form of a short written 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 (14 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

    Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_PHYG12003_Assignment No. or TITLE


    Return Date to Students

    Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST

    Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment


    Weighting
    10%

    Minimum mark or grade
    To pass this course you must obtain a minimum mark of 40% for this assessment item and must obtain an overall passing grade (50% or greater) for ALL assessment items.

    Assessment Criteria

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

    • Conduct a simple geological mapping exercise in the field by utilizing some basic geological tools e.g. geological compass, hand lens, an aerial base map, global positioning system, tablet with geological software, etc.
    • Identify and classify the rocks and minerals observed at the delegated field mapping site/s
    • 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/s 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.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online Group

    Submission Instructions
    Please use the upload link on Moodle for online electronic assignment submission of your Group Work as a MICROSOFT 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
    • Define and identify the more common rock types.
    • Describe the processes which form them.
    • Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Team Work
    • Cross Cultural Competence
    • Ethical practice

    4 Written Assessment

    Assessment Title
    Individual Residential School Field Trip Report

    Task Description

    During the course of 2 days of field work (30 April to 01 May) during the Residential School 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 Digital 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 these geosites 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 field 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 duration 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 Field Tablets and other geological equipment and software will be provided both prior to and during the 2 days of field work.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

    Submit electronically via Moodle with your name, unit code and assignment number i.e. NAME_PHYG12003_Assignment No. or TITLE


    Return Date to Students

    Exam Week Thursday (17 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

    Assignments will be returned within a fortnight once all have been submitted for assessment


    Weighting
    15%

    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.

    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.


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    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
    • Define and identify the more common rock types.
    • Describe the processes which form them.
    • Relate these processes to each other within the context of the unifying theory of Geology: Plate Tectonics.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Information Technology Competence
    • Cross Cultural Competence
    • Ethical practice

    Examination

    Outline
    Complete an examination

    Date
    During the University examination period

    Weighting
    40%

    Length
    180 minutes

    Minimum mark or grade
    The minimum percentage of examination marks to pass this unit is 50%

    Details
    Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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