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This course examines New Zealand geology in a regional and global context of tectonics, climate, and oceanographic events. Topics covered will include tectonics, resources and the geological development of New Zealand. The course aims to develop student’s research, presentation and written communication, and geological synthesis skills, and to build an understanding of New Zealand geology relevant to our future. This course is seen as a capstone course for BSc students, and useful preparation for those going on to postgraduate study.
This course examines New Zealand geology in a regional and global context of tectonics, climate, and oceanographic events. The lectures aim to provide a broad basis of related scientific framework on a general scale as well as place New Zealand into the global context. Students will draw on their existing knowledge of geology to examine and assess key questions in New Zealand geology. Students will also complete an individual literature based research project at improving presentation and scientific writing skills. Topics covered will include tectonics, resources, and the geological development of New Zealand and will be covered in discrete modules through the course, and students will be expected to complete reading assignments associated with lectures. The course aims to develop student’s research, written and oral communication and geological synthesis skills, and to build an understanding of New Zealand geology relevant to our future.
Goal of the CourseStudents should gain an understanding on the major geological processes that shaped New Zealand through a discussion of the tectonic development at convergent and divergent plate margins and be able to critically assess and utilize geological evidence and place New Zealand into a global context. Learning OutcomesStudents successfully completing this course will be able to:Evaluate the tectonic evolution of New Zealand and the role of plate boundary dynamicsEvaluate selected Cenozoic palaeoclimate events and their likely causes, and explain their expression in New Zealand rocks Articulate aspects of the petroleum characteristics of New Zealand basinsInterpret, critically assess aspects of New Zealand resource geologyPrepare and present poster and extended abstract on an individual topic as preparation for future tasks in the workforce or during postgraduate studiesEvaluate the scientific literature and its contribution to advancement of science.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 45 points at 200 level from GEOL.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Week # - Week starting - Lectures (1 hr) - Lecturer - Labs TBC (2.5 hrs selected weeks) 29 - 19th July - Introduction & NZ Basement terranes - CMR - No lab30 - 26th July - NZ Basement terranes - CMR - Library research session31 - 2nd Aug - NZ carbonate sedimentology records (basinal) - CMR - ASC 1: Poster development32 - 9th Aug - NZ carbonate sedimentology records (Oligocene and glauconite) - CMR - ASC 2: Writing skills33 - 16th Aug - NZ vertebrate palaeontology - PS/VDP - Poster presentation (10%)34 - 23rd Aug - Pliocene to recent palaeoseismic records/NZ Quaternary climate records - CMR - No lab SEMESTER BREAK 37 - 13th Sept - Taranaki Basin/TBC - KNB - Editing38 - 20th Sept - Taranaki Basin/TBC - KNB - Review paper due (15%)39 - 27th Sept - Hikurangi Margin - JRP - ASC 3 - Peer review40 - 4th Oct - Hikurangi Margin - JRP - Peer review due (10%)41 - 11th Oct - Pacific Arc- ARN 42 - 18th Oct Pacific Arc - ARN - Final paper due (10%)
, Alex Nichols
, Kari Bassett
, Jamie Shulmeister
, Paul Scofield (Canterbury Museum)
and Vanesa De Pietri (Canterbury Museum)
Internal assessment in GEOL357 is based around individual literature based research which will be presented both as a poster (15% of course assessment) and a review paper (total 35% of course assessment). All students will present their poster during the lab session in term three. All students will then submit their review paper in the second week of term four, and this will be marked and partly edited by academic staff and you will review and edit one of your classmate’s submissions. You will then get both sets of edits back and be able to re-submit your final version.Research Poster 15% Due date: Week 33Review Paper Draft 15% Due date: Week 38 Peer review 8% Due date: Week 40Final Paper 12% Due date: Week 42
Course readingWeekly reading to be advised and students are expected to complete this reading in their own time. The lecture material and the provided reading will be assessed through written essays in the final formal exam
TimetableLectures: one lecture per week Practicals: 2.5 hour tutorial or practical sessions as timetabled (see weekly planner)Prerequisites45 points from GEOL240-246. GEOL351 and GEOL352 are highly recommended.
Domestic fee $910.00
International fee $4,438.00
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 30 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.