The study of Earth and marine sciences is fundamental to our understanding of the precious balance of life on Earth and how the Solar System in which we live was formed. Our focus is on both Earth processes and environmental science.

What is auditing?

Auditing or "listening in" offers access to some ANU courses (lectures only).

The Centre for Continuing Education offers access to approved ANU courses for people who want to listen in to lectures without actually enrolling as a degree student. Auditors (listeners) do not generally require any special qualifications except for those courses where prerequisites are necessary - this can be ascertained by consulting the ANU website.

Audit students may not sit formal examinations. An Audit enrolment guarantees admission only to lectures. Attendance at lectures will under no circumstances be accepted as credit towards a degree program. Auditors may seek permission from the faculty to attend tutorials (subject to space being available), additional fees may apply.

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Do you want to learn how to recognise and interpret rocks in the field and laboratory? In this course you will learn about basic geological concepts around the formation, evolution and deformation of rocks and geological structures in the solid earth. It will be divided into three sections; (i) sedimentology (ii) geological structures and (iii) igneous and metamorphic petrology. Part (i) deals with the formation of sedimentary rocks over a variety of depositional environments. Part (ii) is concerned with recognition and interpretation of basic geological structures such as faults and folds. Part (iii) covers the formation of magmas, igneous rocks and rock-forming silicate minerals, and the mineralogy and textures of metamorphic rocks.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Classify rocks in hand specimen, in the field and in thin sections.
  2. Identify diverse sedimentary depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
  3. Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
  4. Map and quantitatively describe structures in simply folded and faulted regions in the field.
  5. Identify common rock-forming silicate minerals in thin sections in situ.
  6. Describe and recognise basic silicate mineral structures and formulas.
  7. Explain the pressure and temperature conditions and the geological settings in which these minerals form.
  8. Develop communication and teamwork skills while mapping in the field.

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