GEOL206 Field Mapping and Sedimentology

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
14 April 2020 21 April 2020 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites GEOL120 or GEOS1050 (offered at the University of Newcastle) or candidature in a postgraduate award
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

An intensive school covers topics including an introduction to sedimentary rocks, sedimentary environments - past and present, and stratigraphic principles. Practical classes cover identification of sedimentary rocks and textures in hand specimen and thin section, stratigraphic correlation. During the field mapping school, students use field mapping tools and techniques, including application of state-of-the-art remotely sensed imagery, and learn to identify sedimentary rocks and geological structures.

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. perform basic geological field mapping, and interpret simple geological structures and depositional environments, using modern mapping techniques;
  2. understand and use a range of geological mapping tools, including remote sensing and geophysical imagery;
  3. recognise common sedimentary rocks and be able to interpret common sedimentary environments and facies; this will also demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge, work autonomously and independently construct their own field mapping plan of action;
  4. identify common sedimentary rock-forming minerals and textures under the microscope;
  5. have an understanding of theoretical aspects of sedimentology such as facies associations, depositional environments and tectonics; and
  6. competently use and interpret topographic and geologic maps and airphotographs to determine their location in the field, with and without the aid of a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, which will also demonstrate the student's ability to critically analyse and derive solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems dynamically.