GEOL326-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Volcanology and Science Communication

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will teach you how and why volcanoes erupt and how to communicate this to diverse audiences. During the course you will explore our local volcanoes on fieldtrips, and explore volcanoes in North Island NZ/Aotearoa and Iceland via virtual fieldtrips. During the labs you will use microscopes, cooking, and explosions to describe volcanic deposits, understand lava viscosity, and explain volcanic hazards Students will learn science observation methods and develop their bicultural competence, hearing from mana whenua, and applying their learning in a volcano science communication project. The course is intended for geology majors and those in any Sciences wishing to learn more about Aotearoa/New Zealand’s volcanoes and how to communicate science.


GEOL101 or GEOL102, as well as 30 points from 200-level GEOL courses


GEOL206, GEOL336

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
15 Jul - 25 Aug
Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:30 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 15:30 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online interactive questions and reflections 10%
Lab workbook 10%
Online and in person notes and applied exercises 10%
Communication product and explanation 30%
Field notes 20%
Discussion of key concepts 20%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

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