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Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Students enrolling in GEOL240 will complete laboratory classes and prepare a geologic map, cross-section, and written report for the Island Hills area of North Canterbury based on field data collected on a fieldtrip held during semester break.
Welcome to Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Field studies, such as this, are capstone courses for all geologists, where we get to synthesis and visualise our theory into practice. Many students have said that at the end of this field trip is the first time they felt like true geologists. It is an awesome trip, an amazing experience, and a perfect chance to put in practice all that is learnt during other GEOL courses.Students enrolling in GEOL240 will prepare rock outcrop descriptions and basic interpretations, leading to creation of a geologic map and cross-section for the Glens of Tekoa area of North Canterbury based on field data collected during a 6-day residential fieldtrip held during semester break. Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is expected. A single day fieldtrip held over a weekend in the first term will introduce the fundamental field skills needed for the fieldtrip, while labs over both terms will introduce students to geological map reading and interpretation skills in both virtual and field map contexts. Specific field trip dates will vary from year-to-year pending enrolments and the UC Calendar. Assessment in GEOL240 is based on lab exercises and initial fieldtrip participation (15%), two geological mapping exercises and a geological column (65%) and a laboratory examination (20%).PLEASE NOTE: GEOL240 is a core course for the BSc geology major. It is prerequisite preparation for all third year geology field courses, and GEOL241. It must be taken with at least one other 200 level GEOL course delivered in the same semester.
You will learn the concepts of:- Rock and Mineral Identification- Orienteering and navigating in virtual 3D space, and in the Field- Strike & Dip Measurement- Geological Map Reading- Geological Map Preparation- Geological Cross-Section Preparation- Interpretation of Geological Field Data- Interpretation of Geological Maps- Constructing geological columnsHua Ako | Course Learning Outcomes:Students successfully completing this course will:- Understand, appreciate, and enact the best practice, tikanga, kaitiaki and whakawhanaungatanga expectations of residential field courses.- Be able to observe, record and interpret a variety of geological phenomena in the field.- Be able to systematically record outcrop data, measure basic structural and stratigraphic information.- Be competent to carry out independent mapping and/or field data recording in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary terrain.- Be able to use aerial photography and contour maps as an aid to field mapping.- Be able to interpret history and extract geological information from geological maps. - Have gained experience orienteering using a map and compass.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
GEOL101 and GEOL102, GEOL111 and 15 points at 100 level from GEOL
15 points from any of GEOL242-246 offered in the same semester
Students must attend one activity from each section.
No lectures or final exam.6 x 2.5 hour labs (5 in Term 1, 1 in Term 2)1 x 2.5 hour Lab exam (Term 2)1 x 1 day weekend field trip 23rd OR 24th March, Victoria Park1 x 6 day field trip 10-15th April OR 15-20th April, North Canterbury
Course coordinator: Kate PedleyFieldtrip logistics: Sacha Baldwin
Assessment name - Weighting - Due date (if known)Lab exercise completion - 5% - VariousInitial Fieldtrip Participation - 5% - 28 or 29 MarchInitial Mapping Exercise - 10% - 2nd day of 6 day fieldtripFinal Mapping Exercise - 50% - Last day of 6 day fieldtripFinal Lab Examination - 30% - Week 21
Barnes, J. W.1921- , Lisle, Richard J;
Basic geological mapping /John W. Barnes, with Richard J. Lisle
Coates, Glen. , Cox, Geoffrey J;
The rise and fall of the Southern Alps
Canterbury University Press, 2002.
Compton, Robert R;
Geology in the field
Wiley, 1985 (ISBN: 9780471829027).
Geological maps :an introduction
John Wiley, 1998.
Prerequisites:(1) GEOL111 or GEOL101, and (2) GEOL113 or GEOL115 or GEOL102Co-requisites – 15 points from any of GEOL 200 level course offered in the same semester.Restrictions:GEOL230
Domestic fee $1,016.00
International fee $5,026.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Course FeesField Trip - A field trip fee (to be advised) is charged at enrolment and covers the cost of transport and accommodation. Catering (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) will be available at a cost (to be advised) whilst in the field over the semester break.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 30 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment