ENAR12015 - Structural Geology and Sedimentology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit combines structural geology and sedimentology through recognising, interpreting, and classifying major geological structures and sedimentary rocks. You will discuss the implications of rock structures for engineering and mining operations. You will also interpret geological field sections and maps and describe the sedimentology of terrestrial, coastal, deep and shallow marine environments. This unit will develop your software skills in Queensland Globe and CoalLog, or equivalent. You must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates and locations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PHYG12003 Geological Science OR ENAR12016 Earth Science.

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).

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Term 2 - 2024 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Group Work 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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.

Source: Self reflection
To continue to source new resources (laboratory, field equipment and digital)
To keep making submissions and applications for additional teaching equipment and other resources.
Action Taken
Will continue to seek new resources (laboratory and field) for when students resume taking this unit.
Source: Self reflection
To seek new resources (laboratory and field) for when students resume taking this unit.
To lobby management for new resources.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the processes that create rock structures and the implications of rock structures to engineering and mining operations
  2. Interpret geological field sections and maps for the geological structures therein
  3. Apply different sedimentary classification schemes and conceptualise various sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine
  4. Recognise and apply the principles of stratigraphy
  5. Develop and produce professional project reports by demonstrating an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning.

These are linked to the fields of knowledge that 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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Work
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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