The class will be delivered through iLearn, lectures, practicals as well as set weekly reading. In addition, you are encourage to do your own research.
You are required to attend 1 lecture session and 1 two-hour practical session each week. Note that there is no practical in week 1:
Lecture: Thursdays 1 PM - 2 PM, Y3A T1
Practical: Multiple slots offered, all in E5A 250
Lecture slides and related material are provided on the iLearn unit website.
There is no prescribed text for this unit because there are no recent, comprehensive marine geology textbooks. Most readings you will be assigned are from Douglas Segar's "Introduction to Ocean Sciences". The third edition of this excellent book is available free of charge as an ebook from the author's website (http://www.reefimages.com/oceansci.php). This book has an oceanographic focus so that additional readings will be made available via iLearn to cover the palaeoceanographic and marine geology elements that are part of GEOS126.
Make sure you have a look at the Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences (Springer, available as ebook through the library), this features brief articles covering all aspects of marine geology and is very helpful if you have trouble understanding any of the concepts. Finally, if you can find a second-hand copy, James Kennett's "Marine Geology" (1982) and Seibold & Berger's "The Sea Floor" (1996) are both well worth looking at.
A half-day fieldtrip to Port Hacking will also give you some hands-on marine science experience. Participation in the fieldtrip is not compulsory, but you are strongly encouraged to attend. The trip is scheduled for Saturday 26th August. More details will be announced at the start of semester.