Field mapping course

This course, aimed at all undergraduates, teaches the basics of field mapping, including how to make a map and interpret geology in three dimensions. The field component is held over the first two weeks of February 2021. All reports and maps are submitted for assessment at the end of the field period. Assessment will be complete by February 21.

In addition to standard tuition fees, there is a field trip cost of AUD $400 to be paid by students via ANU Science Shop before the start of the field trip. This cost includes transportation to and from the location and camping site hire. Participants will need to provide own camping equipment such as tents and cooking materials. Breakfast and lunch will be provided plus a contribution towards dinner will be provided.

This course is classified as a science elective, students will need to ensure that the course fits with the structure of their degree.

Places in this course are limited. All applicants must submit an Expression of Interest form (available from the RSES website or upon request from teaching.RSES@anu.edu.au). Eligible applicants will be chosen based on their responses in the Expression of Interest.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of field mapping techniques.
  2. Define and analyse problems in the field: respond to problems by developing a program to collect, analyse, and organise information and ideas, and to convey those ideas clearly in a map.
  3. Portray information on a map that is consistent with current best practice.
  4. Interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome; generate ideas and adapt innovative to changing environments; work and learn independently in a remote setting; evaluate opinions, make decisions and to reflect critically on the justifications for decisions.
  5. Exercise an understanding of social and civic responsibilities in and out of the field: develop a knowledge and respect of ethics and ethical standards used in the exploration and mining business and develop a knowledge of other cultures and times and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Other Information

The field trip will be based in Eden, NSW.

Students will be required to pay for their own transport to Mt Isa. and a contribution to the field trip expenses in addition to normal course fees. As an indication, in 2019 the field trip expenses were $600 plus meals and accommodation. For more information see class summary when published. Field trip payments are to be made via Scienceshop .

Indicative Assessment

  1. Indicative assessment is based on the quality of the maps and cross- sections produced in the field.
  2. Mapping exercise 1 (10%) and presentation (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4,]
  3. Mapping exercise 2 (10%) and presentation (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4,]
  4. Mapping exercise 3 (10%) and presentation (10%) LO 1,2,3,4,]
  5. Final Report (40%) [LO 5]