GEOL314 Geological Field Mapping

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
20 October 2019 29 October 2019 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 96 cp including GEOL312
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Ed Saunders (
Unit Description

This unit is envisaged as an intensive school-based unit where the student will further develop the field techniques used in sedimentological, stratigraphic, structural and metamorphic mapping, acquired in prerequisite units.

The unit will be entirely field based. Students will be required to complete two main geological mapping excercises assessing different methods and scales of mapping over 10 days. Smaller focused modules, such as cross-sections, geological histories, geological reports and 3-D block diagrams will also be assessed. This field-work excursion forms the total course-work demand for this unit.

The aim of this unit is to provide the students with the experience and skills needed to be employed as a competent graduate geologist. Students will be taught both traditional and modern field mapping methods, including the use modern analytical equipment.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Geological Field Techniques

ISBN: 9781444330625
Coe, A.L. and others, Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 25% Equiv. 2000
Assessment Notes

Pre-excursion assessment. Includes online and written tasks

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 55% Equiv. 3500
Assessment Notes

Fieldwork assessment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3 20% Equiv. 500
Assessment Notes

Field exam. To be completed on the last day of the field excursion.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. collect observational data, including lithological, mineralogical and structural information and record other important geological features in a logical and methodical manner. Students' will record this information graphically on a geological map;
  2. use specialist technical equipment such as compass clinometers, PDA's with GIS and GPS capabilities and portable XRF analysers;
  3. work safely in remote field areas, with a small group of colleagues, over an extended period of time;
  4. collate geological data and interpret this information to make inferences into the relationships of geological units to each other;
  5. construct complex geological models that will help the student understand and unravel the geological history of regions that have undergone multiple deformation events which will demonstrate the student's ability to apply knowledge and skill, work autonomously and use well-developed judgment; and
  6. identify geological problems in the field and solve these using their newly acquired field skills, thereby also demonstrating their ability to analyse, generate and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems.