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GEOS2130 – Marine Sediments: Records of Past Earth

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and lecturer
Stefan Loehr
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12 WW 334
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(GEOS112 or GEOS125 or GEOS126 or GEOS1110 or GEOS1120 or GEOS1130) and (60cp at 1000 level or above)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit builds the skills necessary to understand geological processes in modern and ancient marine environments. With a focus on marine sedimentology, we will examine the formation, accumulation, alteration, and preservation of sediments in the geological record. We will cover the basics of fluid flow and sediment transport, sedimentary textures and structures, and illustrate the connections between modern landforms and ancient rocks/depositional environments. This unit will focus on the reconstruction and interpretation of ancient palaeo-environments based on the analysis of sedimentary structures, stratigraphy, and fossils. The unit will include practical components as well as a fieldtrip to the New South Wales south coast.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify the common types of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary structures, stratigraphic features, and use these to infer depositional environments
  • ULO2: Deduce the depositional history from a stratigraphic sequence
  • ULO3: Utilise specialised software and tools to interrogate samples or data sets to formulate internally consistent answers to scientific questions
  • ULO4: Demonstrate the ability to observe and record information in the field in order to later report on field trip results
  • ULO5: Examine and interpret the interactions between climate, circulation, tectonics, weathering, and sedimentary environments
  • ULO6: Effectively and professionally communicate scientific information to experts and non-experts

General Assessment Information

Late Submissions

Any work received after the deadline will be marked down 10%, with an additional 5% each additional day (24 hrs) past the deadline. Extensions are only possible with instructor permission and requests must be made by email to the unit convenor before the assessment deadline.

Final Exam

If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available during the supplemental exam period. 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 Hurdle Due
Sedimentary Rock Identification 15% No Week 6
Weekly Quiz 20% No Weeks 1 to 12
Field Exam & Final Exam 45% No Week 7 and Examination Period
Research Poster 20% No Week 12

Sedimentary Rock Identification

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 15%

 

Report demonstrating student’s ability to characterise sedimentary rocks and interpret depositional environments (3 pages maximum)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify the common types of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary structures, stratigraphic features, and use these to infer depositional environments
  • Examine and interpret the interactions between climate, circulation, tectonics, weathering, and sedimentary environments
  • Effectively and professionally communicate scientific information to experts and non-experts

Weekly Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weeks 1 to 12
Weighting: 20%

 

Weekly quiz covering material from in class, practical and assigned readings

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify the common types of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary structures, stratigraphic features, and use these to infer depositional environments
  • Deduce the depositional history from a stratigraphic sequence
  • Utilise specialised software and tools to interrogate samples or data sets to formulate internally consistent answers to scientific questions
  • Examine and interpret the interactions between climate, circulation, tectonics, weathering, and sedimentary environments

Field Exam & Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: Week 7 and Examination Period
Weighting: 45%

 

The Field Exam (15%) comprising a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions in workshop following the fieldtrip (1 hour duration). The Final exam (30%) comprising a mix of multiple-choice and written questions cover all material covered in unit (2 hour duration, plus 10 minutes reading time).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify the common types of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary structures, stratigraphic features, and use these to infer depositional environments
  • Deduce the depositional history from a stratigraphic sequence
  • Utilise specialised software and tools to interrogate samples or data sets to formulate internally consistent answers to scientific questions
  • Demonstrate the ability to observe and record information in the field in order to later report on field trip results
  • Examine and interpret the interactions between climate, circulation, tectonics, weathering, and sedimentary environments
  • Effectively and professionally communicate scientific information to experts and non-experts

Research Poster

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will produce a poster synthesising their research findings on a given time period in Earth’s history

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify the common types of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary structures, stratigraphic features, and use these to infer depositional environments
  • Deduce the depositional history from a stratigraphic sequence
  • Utilise specialised software and tools to interrogate samples or data sets to formulate internally consistent answers to scientific questions
  • Examine and interpret the interactions between climate, circulation, tectonics, weathering, and sedimentary environments
  • Effectively and professionally communicate scientific information to experts and non-experts

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Workshops

GEOS2130 utilises the workshop format, i.e. there are no separately timetables lectures and practicals. Rather there will be recorded online lectures you will be expected to be familiar with before coming to the workshops, alternatively in some weeks lecture and practical hands-on content will be blended in weekly workshops. Lecture slides for pre-recorded lectures and within-workshop 'mini-lectures' will be available on the iLearn page but lecture recordings will not be provided for the within-workshop 'mini-lectures'.

Students are expected to satisfactorily participate in a minimum of 10 (ten) of the 12 (twelve) weekly workshops. To monitor this attendance will be recorded, and workshop hand-outs will be collected and reviewed each week. Due to space and supplies limitations, you must participate in the workshop session you are enrolled in. Permission to attend a different workshop may be possible and will be evaluated on a case by case basis, but this permission must be approved by the unit convenor in advance. Laptop computers will be provided if required. Food and drink are not allowed in the practical room for safety reasons. 

Field work

During this unit we will have a field trip to the NSW South Coast from April 6th through April 10th to study both modern and ancient marine depositional environments. As a vital part of the unit, participation in the field trip is compulsory. There is a fee associated with this field trip and the costs will be discussed during the first few weeks of the unit.  Students will need to provide their own appropriate personal field gear (sturdy footwear, rain jacket, field notebook) and purchase food in addition to the field trip fee. Please contact one of your instructors immediately with any concerns.

Quizzes

A quiz will be posted on iLearn weekly (except in week 13). Quizzes will cover material from each workshop, lecture content as well as material covered in the assigned reading materials. Your two lowest marks will be dropped, each of the remaining 10 quizzes will count for 2% of your final mark.

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