GEOL120 Dynamic Earth

Updated: 19 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
20 August 2020 23 August 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEOL110 or GEOS1040
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Ed Saunders (
Unit Description

This unit builds on GEOL110 'our blue planet' with a key focus on solid earth and environmental geology issues. Dynamic earth provides an overview of the building blocks of the planet, and the materials that make up Earth's crust and the processes that operate to form these materials. Topics include minerals, igneous and volcanic rocks, tectonic processes that shape Earth's crust, including the principles of sedimentology, palaeontology, and stratigraphy. Elements of structural and metamorphic geology, the geology of Australia, the occurrence and origin of natural resources (minerals and fossil fuels), the application of geophysical methods in geology, and environmental geology issues are also discussed. Practical/laboratory exercises re-enforce the important topics covered in the unit.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject by applying basic scientific methods in a geological context;
  2. explain fundamental concepts in stratigraphy, palaeontology, tectonics, geologic structures, metamorphism, Earth resources and geophysics; and by doing so demonstrate a technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject and the ability to communicate information to others using written and verbal formats; and
  3. observe, understand and interpret geologic and topographic maps and by doing so the student will also demonstrate the ability to analyse information to complete a range of activities.