PHYG12003 - Geological Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 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 15%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Group Work 10%
4. Written Assessment 15%
5. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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: Verbal feedback from students
Feedback
Students highly value our residential school with laboratory and field work components that test their theoretical skills learnt during the term.
Recommendation
To continue offering a Residential School with laboratory and field work components.
Action Taken
The laboratory component was undertaken via Zoom Tutorials due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fieldwork components will be offered in Term 3.
Source: Verbal feedback from students
Feedback
This unit met and exceeded expectations viz acquiring knowledge in a new field, Geological Science.
Recommendation
To continue to upgrade and make this unit relevant to students undertaking this unit, esp. those in the workforce.
Action Taken
Continuing to source environmental and mining industry relevant material and present during lecture & zoom sessions.
Source: 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
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Group Work
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
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 - Practical Assessment
3 - Group Work
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination