ENAR12015 - Structural Geology and Sedimentology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to introduce students to the recognition, interpretation and classification of major geological structures (structural geology) and sedimentary rocks (sedimentology), building on from preliminary concepts and knowledge introduced in PHYG12003 Geological Science. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer, to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on Rockhampton Campus to promote development of unit learning outcomes.


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.

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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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. Group Work 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
5. Portfolio 0%

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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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.

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
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the physical structure of the Earth and the processes producing these structures
  2. Classify rock structures and their implications for engineering and mining operations
  3. Analyse and interpret geological maps for the structures therein
  4. Describe and discuss the concepts of sedimentology including: the sedimentary cycle, classification of sedimentary rocks, and an interpretation of the sedimentary processes of transport and deposition that formed them.
  5. Conceptualise sedimentary environments such as continental, coastal, deep and shallow marine
  6. Apply the principles of stratigraphy
  7. Develop and produce professional project reports
  8. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

These are linked to the Fields of Knowledge which 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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio