GEOL208 Structural and Metamorphic Geology

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus 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
23 August 2019 30 August 2019 Mandatory On-campus and Online students must attend the 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 prior to 2017; GEOL209 from 2017
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEOS2190 or GEOS3330 (University of Newcastle)
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Luke Milan (
Unit Description

This unit investigates two key subset areas in earth science; structural and metamorphic geology. This unit incorporates theory, practicals and laboratory based learning with a focus on fieldwork skills and observations on natural outcrop. The lab studies include metamorphic petrology, recognition of metamorphic facies, structural analysis, classification and interpretation. The field studies focus on general field skills, geological mapping, structural analysis, constructing geological histories. Recognition and interpretation of metamorphic facies and processes are also taught in the field.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Intensive School component 25%
Assessment Notes

Field Mapping

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-6

Compulsory Metamorphic assignment 25% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Online Quizzes 20% 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 6

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of metamorphism, metamorphic rocks and the agencies of change in metamorphic rocks;
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of the geological settings in which metamorphic changes take place;
  3. demonstrate field skills acquired to interpret metamorphic facies and the type of metamorphism in the field;
  4. demonstrate a broad understanding of the fundamentals of structural geology;
  5. demonstrate an ability to produce a geological map based on structural and lithological observations in the field; and
  6. demonstrate an ability to identify, describe and analyse common structures related to deformation and understand the significance of these structures. This will also demonstrate the ability to transmit information to others in written and/or verbal form.