CQUniversity Unit Profile
PHYG12003 Term 1 - 2022
Geological Science
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General Information


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.


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 - 2022

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:
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Class and Assessment Overview

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This information will be available on Monday 10 January 2022
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


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


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.


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.


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

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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