|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Field trip leader
Richard FloodField trip leader
12 Wally's Walk, 3.29
GEOS125 or GEOS126
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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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. To participate, you will need to have a field friendly account set up. I encourage you to set this up as soon as possible at https://mq.fieldfriendly.com/ to allow time to work through any issues before the trip. Each student will be required to pay with an accommodation form to the Cashier by Tuesday 21 March, as a non-returnable deposit that covers the full amount of accommodation (excluding food). Details of the trip and cost will be given out separately.
A quiz will be posted weekly (except in week 13) to be completed between 5 pm Wednesday and 8 am 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.
Practicals are an essential part of this unit. Several of the practicals will be available to you on iLearn and should be completed the week they are assigned. Additionally, you are expected to attend the weekend session scheduled for May 6 and May 7 (both days!) to complete the remaining practicals that require on campus facilities.
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.
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.
|Weekly Quizzes||20%||one per week|
|Field Trip Report||20%||week 9|
|Field Notebook||10%||28 April 2017|
|Research Project Poster||20%||week 13|
Due: one per week
Weekly quizzes are to be completed between 5 pm Wednesday and 8 am Monday.
Due: week 9
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.
Due: 28 April 2017
Your field notebook from the South Coast trip is due at the completion of the trip (when we load buses at the last stop)
Due: week 13
Research project assignments will be handed out week 8. All posters need to be uploaded for a virtual poster session during week 13. Details on the research question, required content for the poster, required discussion, and marking will be included in the week 8 handout on iLearn.
Cumulative examination of material covered throughout the term.
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.
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.
Other Important dates:
April 24-28: Mandatory south coast field trip
May 6 -7: Mandatory on campus practicals
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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 (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html
Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration
In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/
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