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GEOL112 Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective

Volcanoes, earthquakes and related hazards; crystals, minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes; geological structures and geological maps; earth resources; New Zealand’s geological evolution.

Paper title Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective
Paper code GEOL112
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Restriction
GEOX 112
Schedule C
Science
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Steven Smith
Lecturers: Involves various academic staff from the departments of Geology
Teaching Fellow: Ray Marx
Paper Structure
The paper consists of lectures, laboratories and fieldtrips. Lectures cover four key themes:
  • Geological relationships
  • Earth materials and rock types
  • Earth resources and hazards
  • Earth history and geology of New Zealand
Laboratories focus on the development of essential practical skills in Geology.
Textbooks
Recommended:
Earth, Portrait of a Planet, 5th Edition, International Student Edition, Stephen Marshak (Author), W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. ISBN 978-0-393-93750-3

Recommended:
A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century. Graham, Ian (Chief Editor) 2008. Geological Society of New Zealand and GNS Science, Wellington. 388Earth.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of GEOL 112 students will:
  • Understand and apply fundamental geological principles to a range of problems
  • Understand the fundamental principles of the geosciences
  • Understand the impact of the geosciences in a global and societal context
  • Have developed knowledge of a diversity of subjects that form core topics in the geosciences
  • Have developed knowledge of the geological and tectonic history of New Zealand
  • Be able to analyse and integrate diverse geological datasets
  • Be able to identify and classify basic geological materials, including rocks, minerals, fossils, structures and landforms
  • Be able to interpret and create topographic and geological maps at a proficient level
  • Be able to perform basic types of geological analysis, such as map and contour construction, cross-sections, stereoplots and landslide analysis
  • Have an understanding of the principles of geological fieldwork, how fieldwork is carried out and how a geological notebook is produced

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P4 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Volcanoes, earthquakes and related hazards; crystals, minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes; geological structures and geological maps; earth resources; New Zealand’s geological evolution.

This paper explores the dynamic processes that shape planet Earth. A broad overview of plate tectonics, Earth structure and natural hazards is followed by lectures on rocks and minerals, resources and the geological history of Zealandia. Throughout the paper, emphasis is placed on examples from New Zealand. Complementary lab classes allow students to develop a range of essential practical skills. Fieldtrips are used to explore local geology and reinforce concepts from lectures and labs. This paper complements EAOS 111 and is essential for entry into Geology 200-level core courses.

Paper title Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective
Paper code GEOL112
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Restriction
GEOX 112
Schedule C
Science
Course outline
GEOL 112-Dynamic-Earth-NZ-syllabus-2016.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)
Teaching Arrangements
4 Lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
Fieldwork: Three weekend day trips to Sandymount, the Dunedin Volcano and Brighton/Fairfield. One additional field trip in lab time to visit local landslides.
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Coordinator: Dr Steven Smith
Lecturers: Various academic staff from the Department of Geology
Teaching Fellow:
Ray Marx
Paper Structure
The paper consists of lectures, laboratories and fieldtrips. Lectures cover four key themes:
  • Geological relationships
  • Earth materials and rock types
  • Earth resources and hazards
  • Earth history and geology of New Zealand
Laboratories focus on the development of essential practical skills in Geology.

Assessment is approximately an even split between internal (ongoing during the semester) and external (final exam).
Textbooks
Recommended:
  • Earth, Portrait of a Planet, 5th Edition, International Student Edition, Stephen Marshak (Author), W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. ISBN 978-0-393-93750-3
  • A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century. Graham, Ian (Chief Editor) 2008. Geological Society of New Zealand and GNS Science, Wellington. 388Earth.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of GEOL 112 students will:
  • Understand and apply fundamental geological principles to a range of problems
  • Understand the fundamental principles of the geosciences
  • Understand the impact of the geosciences in a global and societal context
  • Have developed knowledge of a diversity of subjects that form core topics in the geosciences
  • Have developed knowledge of the geological and tectonic history of New Zealand
  • Be able to analyse and integrate diverse geological datasets
  • Be able to identify and classify basic geological materials, including rocks, minerals, fossils, structures and landforms
  • Be able to interpret and create topographic and geological maps at a proficient level
  • Be able to perform basic types of geological analysis
  • Have an understanding of the principles of geological fieldwork and how fieldwork is carried out

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
P4 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41