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GEOS922 – Microstructures to Large Scale Processes: Rheology, Metamorphism and Fluids

2017 – S1 Day

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Associate Professor
Nathan Daczko
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12 Wally's Walk Room 220
Professor
Dorrit Jacob
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BD Building, Level 3, CCFS
Professor
Stephen Foley
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12 Wally's Walk Room 128
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MGeoSc and GEOS207
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
GEOS922
Unit description Unit description
This unit aims to give the student an in-depth knowledge of how to document, analyse and interpret microstructures in thin section with special emphasis on deformation and reaction microstructures. Importantly it additionally gives an overview over the rheological behaviour of different minerals at variable conditions and provides the link between microstructure, metamorphism, fluids and rheology. This knowledge is essential in order to link small-scale behaviour to large-scale behaviour in the earth crust and mantle.
The course comprises lectures, practicals, and directed reading, which form the basis for an individual project that focus on two of the tools introduced. Individual projects will involve an oral presentation and submission of a report.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  2. Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  3. Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.
  4. Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Mind map participation 10% Week 2
Structural Geology Assignment 45% Week 5
Oral Presentation 45% Week 9

Mind map participation

Due: Week 2
Weighting: 10%

We will assess your participation in a "mind map" tutorial discussion on a selected igneous and/or metamorphic topic during our first class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Structural Geology Assignment

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 45%

Written questions and practical problems.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.

Oral Presentation

Due: Week 9
Weighting: 45%

Short presentations (5-10 minutes) on selected topics.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Delivery and Resources

Suggested reference textbooks for the unit are:

A Practical Guide to Rock Microstructure. Vernon, R.H. 2004.

Microtectonics. Passchier & Trouw, 2005.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Assessment tasks

  • Mind map participation
  • Structural Geology Assignment
  • Oral Presentation

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Assessment tasks

  • Mind map participation
  • Structural Geology Assignment
  • Oral Presentation

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise and interpret a range of igneous, metamorphic and deformation microstructures.
  • Relate microstructures to the history of the specimen analysed and/or possible geodynamic settings.
  • Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Assessment tasks

  • Mind map participation
  • Structural Geology Assignment
  • Oral Presentation

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand and describe the basic principles of structural analysis at the outcrop- and map-scale.
  • Understand and describe common geodynamic settings in terms of igneous and metamorphic processes.

Assessment tasks

  • Mind map participation
  • Structural Geology Assignment
  • Oral Presentation