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GEOS206 – Marine Depositional Environments

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Field trip leader
Richard Flood
Field trip leader
Simon George
12 Wally's Walk, 3.29
Simon George
April Abbott
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
GEOS125 or GEOS126
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit builds the knowledge and skills needed to understand geological processes and products in modern and ancient marine environments. The unit examines sedimentary and volcanic processes and their products; evidence of present day hydrothermal alteration and metamorphism of the oceanic lithosphere; and the formation of ore deposits in marine rocks. Emphasis is placed on reconstruction of ancient environments. There is a five-day field trip to the New South Wales south coast.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  2. Understand basic controls on ocean and atmospheric circulation.
  3. Understand the fundamental fluid dynamics governing sediment transport
  4. Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  5. Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  6. Make a stratigraphic column
  7. Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  8. Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  9. Predict the location of a sediment type based on knowledge of sedimentary environments
  10. Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  11. Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  12. Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  13. Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  14. Develop an internally consistent hypothesis to explain observations
  15. Investigate another place or time by synthesising knowledge of modern depositional environments
  16. Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

General Assessment Information

Field work

During this unit of study you will be required to participate in an extended field trip to the NSW South Coast.  This field work will occur April 24th through April 28th. As a vital part of the unit, attendance for the field trip is compulsory.  A range of marine depositional environments, both modern and ancient will be studied in the field.  

Quizzes

A quiz will be posted weekly (except in week 13) to be completed between 5 pm Wednesday and 8 am the following Monday.  Quizzes will cover material from lecture, readings, and practicals.  Your two lowest marks will be dropped, each of the remaining 10 quizzes will count for 2% of your final mark. 

Late Submissions

Any work received after the deadline will be marked down 10%, with an additional 5% each day (24 hrs) past the deadline. Extensions are only possible with instructor permission and requests must be made more than 48 hrs prior to the assignment deadline.

Final Exam

If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017.  If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Weekly Quizzes 20% one per week
Field Trip Report 20% week 9
Field Notebook 10% 28 April 2017
Research Project Poster 20% week 13
Final Exam 30% finals

Weekly Quizzes

Due: one per week
Weighting: 20%

Weekly quizzes are to be completed between 5 pm Wednesday and 8 am Monday.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Understand basic controls on ocean and atmospheric circulation.
  • Understand the fundamental fluid dynamics governing sediment transport
  • Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  • Predict the location of a sediment type based on knowledge of sedimentary environments
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  • Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  • Investigate another place or time by synthesising knowledge of modern depositional environments

Field Trip Report

Due: week 9
Weighting: 20%

Your report for the South Coast Trip is due by beginning of lecture during week 10 (9:00am).  This report must be submitted electronically via the provided TurnItIn link on iLearn.  Report requirements and marking scheme will be provided before the field trip.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Make a stratigraphic column
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  • Develop an internally consistent hypothesis to explain observations
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Field Notebook

Due: 28 April 2017
Weighting: 10%

Your field notebook from the South Coast trip is due at the completion of the trip (when we load buses at the last stop)


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Make a stratigraphic column
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Research Project Poster

Due: week 13
Weighting: 20%

Research project assignments will be handed out during your week 8 practical.  All posters need to be printed landscape on A0 paper and be handed in by the beginning of lecture (9:00am) week 13.  Details on the research question, required content for the poster, and marking will be included in the week 8 handout. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Make a stratigraphic column
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  • Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  • Develop an internally consistent hypothesis to explain observations
  • Investigate another place or time by synthesising knowledge of modern depositional environments
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Final Exam

Due: finals
Weighting: 30%

Cumulative examination of material covered throughout the term.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Understand basic controls on ocean and atmospheric circulation.
  • Understand the fundamental fluid dynamics governing sediment transport
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Predict the location of a sediment type based on knowledge of sedimentary environments
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  • Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Delivery and Resources

For a text book we will be using: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (2nd Edition, Gary Nichols)

Other required and recommended readings will be provided throughout the term via iLearn.

Unit Schedule

The material for this unit will be grouped into 3 sections

Week 1-4: Getting to the Ocean

In order to have deposition in marine environments, we need a supply of sediments.  During this section we will cover the rock cycling, weathering, basic sedimentology, boundary environments, and basic fluid dynamics.

Week 5-10: Sedimentation in the Ocean

During this section we focus our attention to marine environments including what controls them, how we define them, and what we may expect to find at each.

Week 11-13: Interpreting the Rock Record

To end the unit, we will combine what we've learned so far (mainly from modern systems) and apply it so we can learn about systems long ago or far away.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Understand basic controls on ocean and atmospheric circulation.
  • Understand the fundamental fluid dynamics governing sediment transport
  • Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Make a stratigraphic column
  • Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Predict the location of a sediment type based on knowledge of sedimentary environments
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  • Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  • Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  • Investigate another place or time by synthesising knowledge of modern depositional environments
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Assessment tasks

  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Field Trip Report
  • Field Notebook
  • Research Project Poster
  • Final Exam

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Identify basic marine sediments, sediment characteristics, as well as common sedimentological and stratigraphic features
  • Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  • Distinguish primary, secondary, and biogenic sedimentary structures.
  • Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  • Interpret the depositional history of a stratigraphic sequence
  • Predict the location of a sediment type based on knowledge of sedimentary environments
  • Apply chronostratigraphic knowledge to interpret a sedimentary sequence.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  • Evaluate the potential of changes in ocean and atmospheric circulation to impact sedimentary environments through time.
  • Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  • Develop an internally consistent hypothesis to explain observations
  • Investigate another place or time by synthesising knowledge of modern depositional environments

Assessment tasks

  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Field Trip Report
  • Field Notebook
  • Research Project Poster
  • Final Exam

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to observe and record information in the field
  • Explain the difference between permeability and porosity and their influence on fluid flow.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence to formulate and justify an interpretation
  • Explain the connections between depositional environments, tectonics, climate, and weathering.
  • Develop an internally consistent hypothesis to explain observations
  • Effectively and accurately communicate scientific information in verbal and written formats

Assessment tasks

  • Weekly Quizzes
  • Field Trip Report
  • Field Notebook
  • Research Project Poster
  • Final Exam

Changes from Previous Offering

The unit description has been updated.