The Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (VIEPS) is a co-operative educational and research institution based in Melbourne, Australia.

Tuesday 12th February at 11am
Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building
The University of Melbourne

The co-operation, collaboration and academic expertise within VIEPS is the product of a strong commitment by industry, government and the participating universities to improve education and relevant research. The core departments of VIEPS are the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University, The University of Tasmania and Ballarat University.
Current areas of research include geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, climatology, oceanography and meteorology.

VIEPS was made possible by the financial support and encouragement from: The Victorian Education Foundation, BHP Petroleum, Shell Australia, BHP Minerals, and CSIRO Geomechanics.

Please not that student accounts for the VIEPS need to be recreated each year. 

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    First meeting: 10am Monday Feb 11, Gregory room, School of Earth Sciences (2nd floor)

    This course aims to introduce the student to processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction, their importance in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology. Specific topics will include: wind and buoyancy driven ocean circulation, atmospheric convection, atmospheric and oceanic wave phenomena, SST and atmospheric circulation, El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), decadal to centennial scale variability and large scale modelling.

    This course will run from the 11 Feb to 22 Feb. The first meeting of the module will be at 10am, Monday February 11, in the Gregory room (2nd floor) of the School of Earth Sciences, corner of Swanston and Elgin Sts. Lectures will be daily from 10am to 12:30 pm, with pracs from 2pm to 4:30 pm. 

    There will be some prac assignments that are due by February 22, plus a reading assignment and presentation that will be due by March 15. The presentations will be at a time and location to be arranged. 

    Pre-reading: this is a module in current topics in atmospheric science, so readings will largely be taken from the current literature. However, the online text book on tropical meteorology at MetEd provides some useful background for this module. You will need to create a free account at MetEd before you can access this text.

    Further information can be found at:

    Location: Monash University, Clayton Campus

    Venue: Rainforest walk 9, Boardroom 107

    Costs: None

    Course Details: The unit will discuss some basic statistical methods for analysing climate dynamics with the aim of understanding the physical mechanisms driving the observed structures (statistics).  The unit will start with a discussion on the basics of probability theory, time series analysis, stochastic models and multi-variate data (pattern) analysis.  It will then focus on the principles of decision making in statistical analysis (significance tests), which is followed by a discussion of the pitfalls and general strategies in statistical analysis.  The unit will not focus on deriving statistical parameters, but rather will emphasise how these methods can be applied and will discuss the potential pitfalls in interpreting statistical results. For additional information please see ( 


    On completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1.     Do statistical analysis on probability distributions, time series, and multi-variate data.

    2.     Apply standard statistical methods in climate dynamics data analysis.

    3.     Interpret the outcomes of the statistical analysis in the context of climate dynamics.

    4.     Read, understand and critically analyse the scientific literature on data analysis in climate dynamics.

    Prerequisites: This unit assumes basic university level math. This includes basic calculus and linear algebra.



    Examination (closes book; 3hrs): 60%

    Assignments (~weekly): 40%


    Dates, Times, Schedule: Unit is done in 6 weeks.

    Start: week 4 Mar.

    End: week 19 April.

    Break: week 7–12 April (lecturer on conference).


    Mondays 10 am – 12 noon (lectures),

    Mondays        1 – 3 pm (lectures),   

    Tuesdays     10 – 12 pm (lab class).   

    What you Need to Bring: Some unit assignments are based on MatLab, so students are required to have access to a computer that is running MatLab (or equivalent; e.g. Octave). 

    Registration Deadline: 15 February 2019.

    Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dietmar Dommenget

    ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
    School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
    Monash University, VIC 3800

    Phone: +61-3-990-54495

    Course website:

    Dates: The class will run during Semester 1 2019 (4 Mar–31 May) at Monash University with a one week break between 19-26 Apr.

    Lecture Times: Thursdays 1 pm - 3 pm.

    Location: Centre of Excellence Conference Room, Level 1 School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (9 Rainforest Walk), Monash University Clayton Campus.

    Costs: None

    Synopsis: This subject provides an introduction to the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere and the processes that maintain them. Students will be introduced to a set of mathematical tools that will be used to analyse the transport of energy, momentum and moisture through the atmosphere and to build a conceptual picture for how these transports are achieved by the atmospheric circulation. Topics covered will include:

    • Review of the governing equations
    • Reynolds decomposition and atmospheric transports
    • Atmospheric reanalysis
    • Angular-momentum budget of the atmosphere
    • Midlatitude eddies and jet formation
    • The Hadley circulation
    • Monsoons
    • The Ferrel Cell
    • Eliassen-Palm fluxes and the transformed Eulerian mean

    Learning outcomes:

    • Ability to identify the main features of the atmospheric circulation and the processes that contribute to their maintenance.
    • Ability to apply mathematical tools to analyse the transports of energy/momentum through the atmosphere
    • Ability to critically engage with the scientific literature regarding the large-scale atmospheric circulation and its possible changes under climate change

    Prerequisites: Students should have taken an introductory course in dynamical meteorology and be familiar with partial differential equations.

    Assessment: Two assignments (30%), one presentation and report (20%) and a final examination (50%).

    Registration Deadline: No deadline - students just need to show up for the first lecture.

    Martin Singh
    School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
    Monash University, VIC 3800

    Phone: +613 9902 0421
    Room:  213


    Location: University of Melbourne

    Venue on Parkville Campus: Room 409 (CLEX Room) and Room 406 (Board Room), Level 4, School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne

    Fieldwork: Parkville campus deployment of Air Quality sensors

    Date: 5th August- 16th August 2019
    Contact hours: 10 x 2 hours lectures and 10 x 3 hours practical

    Time, Date, Location of First Meeting: 09:00 am 5th August 2019, Room 409 (CLEX Room), Level 4, School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne 

    2018 COURSE INFO

    The air is an undervalued environmental resource - subject at times to catastrophic and chronic pollution events. 'What constitutes good air?' 'What environmental protections are in place?' and 'How do we know the air quality?' are all questions addressed in this subject. Major infrastructure projects require air quality assessments and emergency/health service providers need to assess air quality data to advise the public. Working with industry professionals working in the air quality space and exploring low-cost sensor technology interfaced with python code students will build their own air monitoring sensor and design an experiment to evaluate the air we breathe - synthesizing the findings into an air action plan.

    A fee is charged for the components of the low-cost sensor that is built by students as a hurdle requirement of this subject. Students can keep the sensor at the end of the subject.

    Intended Learning Outcomes:

    • Upon successful completion of subject students should be able to:
    • Describe drivers of air quality
    • Evaluate trace-gas concentrations from diffuse and point source emission fluxes against national standards and health recommendations
    • Describe air monitoring sensor technology and build a low-cost sensor
    • Design and implement a sampling and calibration strategy for air quality monitoring
    • Synthesise air quality observations into an air action plan for a client

    For further information see the University of Melbourne Handbook entry ( 

    Pre-requisite Experience:
    Undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or equivalent professional experience

    Recommended background knowledge:
    Students are recommended to have some knowledge of programming. Python will be used in this course.

    Introduction python course for and introduction to the atmosphere pre-readings made available two weeks before teaching period 16/08/2018.

    Subject coordinators: Robyn Schofield: and Fabienne Reisen:

    Assessment: In class test on day 5; A project of building an instrument, reading and displaying the data output on day 7; A 10 minute group presentation on day 9 and a written report due 06/09/2018

    What you need to bring: Sturdy walking shoes and weather appropriate outdoor clothing.

    Costs are as follows: A fee is charged for the components of the low-cost sensor that is built by students as a hurdle requirement of this subject. Students deploy the sensor around the campus during the course and are keep the sensor at the end of the subject.

    Price $217.00 AUD

    To make the payment for this course, please click here.

    Registration deadline for this course is the 16th of July 2019. 

    Date: 25 March to 29 March 2019. Pre-reading distributed 11 March. 

    Location: Room 204, second floor of School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

    Time, Date, Location of First Meeting: 09:00 am Monday 25 March 2019, Room 204, second floor of School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

    Contact hours: Total 40 contact hours: 10 hours lectures, 30 hours pracs


    Basin Analysis, by Allen P.A. & Allen J.R. 2005/2013

    Subject Overview: 

    This course is taught from first principles and assumes third year knowledge of geology. It is a sister course to the ‘Basin Evolution and Sequence Stratigraphy’ and ‘Introduction to Structural Geology’ courses that can be taken consecutively or individually to analyse the sediments and structure in basins. The aim is to learn about the types and evolution of basins, their sedimentary fill, the skills needed to analyse the sedimentary sequences and how to evaluate the potential for hydrocarbons, gas/CO2 storage, water and geothermal energy. Practically, this will be achieved by comparing and contrasting four eastern Australia basins, each of different type; the Drummond, Cooper-Eromanga, Gippsland and PNG Fold Belt basins. The key assignment will be to analyse the origin, fill, sediment properties and tectonic history of each basin and to assess its resource potential.

    Basins can be analysed by lithospheric processes and plate tectonic setting. Arc-related basins have high geothermal potential but their poor porosity/permeability limits reservoir capacity for hydrocarbons and CO2 storage. New extensional basins have high heat flow that diminishes with time, causing subsidence facilitating deposition of excellent quartzo-felspathic or carbonate reservoirs and shale or evaporite seals. Foreland basins associated with compression and loading have low heat flow but excellent reservoir and seal potential as well as long-distance migration of water, hydrocarbons and mineralising fluids. Strike-slip basins are variable and resources depend on their previous tectonic history. Source kitchens of organic matter control hydrocarbon potential and are dependent on basin type, anoxia, source of organic matter and heating. The slides for the first lecture are online and provide a sample of course content (link below). 


    Learning Outcomes:

    • Develop an understanding of the nature and origin of sedimentary basins
    • Interpret the basin fill and sedimentary environments from core and recorded data
    • Evaluate hydrocarbon, CO2 storage, water, geothermal and mineral resources
    • Learn exploration techniques and strategy
    • Interpret seismic data, electric logs and geohistory curves to define potential resources

    Generic Skills:

    • Undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
    • Adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
    • Develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
    • Interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
    • Work as part of a team.

    For more information see the University of Melbourne handbook entry (

    Recommended background knowledge

    A knowledge of third-year geology is recommended.


    A detailed core description and interpretation of sedimentary environments (20%), a brief assessment of geochemical analyses and geohistory plots(20%), a seismic interpretation and map(20%), and a summary report on the hydrocarbon potential of the Drummond Basin(40%); <3000 words in total. 

    Cost: PESA members $890; non PESA members $1110; no additional cost for students

    To make the payment for this course, please click here.

    Location: Room 220 (Hills Laboratory), McCoy Building (Corner of Swanston and Elgin Streets, Carlton), Univeristy of Melbourne

    Dates: 8-12 July 2019

    Times: 09:00-17:00 each day. 

    About the Course: The assessment and development  of geological subsurface CO2 storage sites requires a diverse range of technical skills as well as a good understanding of regulatory  and environmental protection requirements and objectives, and socio-political advocacy. This course comprises five days of lectures and practical exercises covering the workflow of technical / scientific assessments, discussing common problems and  industry best-practice to achieve safe and secure geological storage of CO2. Following an introductory ‘back-story’ to carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) the work flow will commence with basin and play scale analyses and rapidly focus onto portfolio management for storage site screening, storage site selection and site analysis for future appraisal and development operations. Whilst a sound basic knowledge of geosciences and/or reservoir engineering is required, the application of those skills sets will be reviewed and applied (in lecture and group workshop format respectively).

    The Course is For: Eligible Honours and Masters students with a major in Geology or Reservoir Engineering and professionals looking to take a specialist course on the geological storage of  CO2  and related topics  such as regulatory frameworks, water resources and petroleum geology. It is anticipated classes will consist of university students as well as professionals from industry and governments wishing to extend their knowledge of geological storage of CO2.

    Learning Outcomes: This course will develop skills to:

    • Understand the complete spectrum and work flow of geological storage site selection and analysis.
    • Identify and apply screening criteria for storage site selection and appraisal planning
    • Evaluate data gaps, uncertainties and risks and plan mitigating circumstances
    • Develop an awareness of the long term planning required to mature a site to the development stage
    • Understand the complex of multi-disciplinary skills brought to bear on the process
    • Access networks and resources to facilitate storage site evaluation and management

    Course Content Includes:

    • Global and national status of geological storage of CO2
    • Storage principles
    • Best Practices and legislative framework
    • Site screening and selection
    • Static and dynamic modelling - highlights
    • Geomechanical and geochemical modelling – highlights
    • Risk analysis and management
    • Measurement monitoring and verification
    • Appraisal plan and site development plan

    Course Presenter: Dr George Carman:- professional geologist with >40 years of experience in the petroleum industry serving in technical, senior management and executive positions and as a consultant. From 2010-2014 George served in an advisory role on CO2 injection site selection and as Storage Director for Victoria State’s CarbonNet Project leading up to the certification of the Project Appraisal Plan. Further details may be found at

    Additional key subject speakers will cover specialist details (subject to availability)

    Assessment and Credit:

    Assessment details can be found at:

    Duration:  The course will run for 5 days and a further one week of your own time is allowed to complete and deliver a final written submission for assessment.  Further course and assessment information can be found at:


    2018 COURSE INFO

    Online only (Details tba)

    The unit is designed to give a basis for understanding the various elements that make up the mine environment, and how to control and regulate it to achieve a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace conducive to performance and efficiency. 

    • Determine the size of the occupational health and safety problem.
    • Find the specialist definitions of key terms in occupational health and safety.
    • Appreciate the history of occupational health and safety.
    • Determine how the legal system deals with occupational health and safety problems.
    • Examine risk management models.
    • Understand consultative mechanisms.
    • Compare and contrast occupational health and safety auditing tools.
    • Understand the effects of specific hazards on the human body. Skills
    • Build models for the management of occupational health and safety problems.
    • Tackle health and safety problems at their source.
    • Use the hierarchy of hazard controls to control hazards.
    • Apply management system concepts to occupational health and safety case studies.
    • Develop occupational health and safety policies.
    • Determine assessment methods for specific hazards.
    • Prepare a plan for hazard control. Values
    • Appreciate that social problems have an historical and legal context.
    • Prefer the "safe-place” over the "safe-person” approach to control hazards.
    • Value workplace consultation. Content: Legislation
    • General framework
    • Health & safety legislation
    • Mines regulations Occupational Health & Safety
    • History and philosophy
    • Types of accidents and injuries
    • Hazard management
    • Manual handling
    • Human factors 
    • Entry into confined spaces
    • Control strategies Mine Environmental Engineering
    • Atmospheric contaminants and their control
    • (Dusts, gasesradiation, heat and humidity, noise)
    • Mine illumination Emergency Situations
    • Outbursts and explosions
    • Mine fires
    • Mine rescue

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Location: University of Melbourne/Field

    Venue on Parkville campus: Baragwanath Conference Room (room 204), level 2, Earth Sciences Building, southeast corner of Swanston & Elgin St.

    Date: 11th March – 15th March 2019

    This is a 5-day course of lectures, practical sessions and a field trip, devoted to the Geology of Gold. The course provides a broad coverage of gold geology and exploration, as well as some of the latest research ideas and how they apply to mineral exploration. The course is suitable for Honours and postgraduate students, and for geologists in the mineral industry with some exploration and mining experience. The course is also suitable for government geologists involved in field areas where gold potential exists and who are seeking to relate their work more closely to industry. This will be the 25th Melbourne Geology of GOLD course and planned to be the last.

    The course covers all major types of gold deposits with emphasis on Archean greenstone and sedimentary rock hosted deposits. The course covers both conventional thinking on different deposit types, and novel ideas with their exploration implications. A one-day field trip ventures into the Victorian gold province and the major Fosterville mine. Geochemistry, structural geology, regolith and deposit geology are covered at a level to enable participants to take their place comfortably in industry and government teams. An emphasis of the course is on a holistic approach that uses all applicable fields of geology to address the questions pertaining to gold.

    The course opens from 8.30am for a 9.00am start on Monday 11th March with the field trip leaving from the university on Wednesday 13th March with a late return. Lectures resume on campus on Thursday 14th March and Friday 15th March.

    Note: The main entry doors to the Earth Science Building are located one level above the road and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the bridge across Swanston Street.

    Payment is required for this course before your registration is confirmed.

    Costs are as follows: Student members $200, student non-VIEPS members $400 and Industry participants $900.

    To make the payment for this course, please click here.

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Pre-readings for the course are available on payment - please contact Jimena Clarke:

    Leader: Neil Phillips

    Location: University of Tasmania

    Venue: Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart.

    Dates and Times: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm from Monday 13th May until Friday 17th May 2019

    2018 COURSE INFO

    Understanding of rock types, textures, geochemical and alteration signatures within the context of an ore deposit model is a key skill for any geologist planning a career in either minerals exploration or economic geology research. Development of the underpinning ore deposit model requires integration of multilayer datasets, generated at a range of scales (both spatial and temporal), using a variety of techniques. Also required is a keen understanding of diverse but interrelated ore forming processes: e.g. magmatism, basin evolution, hydrology, permeability-porosity generation and evolution.

    This course is led by a group of world-leading researchers, providing an overview of the key features of several major classes of economically important mineral deposits, VHMS, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, epithermal Au, skarn, IOCG, SEDEX, sediment-hosted stratiform Cu, sediment-hosted and orogenic Au. Each deposit style will be discussed in terms of geological and tectonic framework, mineralisation, alteration, genetic models and exploration criteria. Lectures covering each deposit type will be complemented with exercises or practical classes which examine sample sets of typical ores, host rocks, and geochemical signatures.

    The course is classroom-based, run over five days (9.00am to ~6.00pm) from Monday 13th May until Friday 17th May 2018. It will be held at the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus in Hobart.

    Industry participants may choose to attend on a daily basis, but must confirm which days they plan to attend with David Selley.

    Minimum enrollments: 10; Max 20

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Dates, Times and Schedule:

    Monday, June 3rd to Friday, June 7th, 2019.

    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

    6 contact hours per day.

    Location: This course is held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus), in the McCoy Building on the corner of Swanston and Elgin Streets (map), in the 2nd floor Conference Room (near the lift doors). The course starts promptly at 9:00 am on Monday, June 3rd and finishes on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at approximately 4:00 pm. Note that the main entry doors to the McCoy building are located one level up on the 2nd floor and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the main Parkville campus via the bridge across Swanston Street.

    Course Details: This advanced ore deposit geology and geochemistry short course is designed for fourth year Honours/MSc students in economic geology/geochemistry as well as industry geologists who wish to be exposed to new concepts of magmatic ore genesis. The course will provide an overview of the geology of major Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposits, PGE deposits, and diamond deposits with an emphasis on the processes controlling their genesis and how this information can be applied in exploration. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical concepts involved in ore formation such as the factors controlling sulphur solubility in mafic magmas and the roles of partial melting and crustal contamination in the genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits. Lectures will present the physical and chemical characteristics of some of the major magmatic ore deposits including komatiite-associated Ni deposits (Kambalda), basalt-associated Cu-Ni-Co-(PGE) deposits (Norilsk-Talnakh/Voiseys Bay), astrobleme-associated Ni-Cu-PGE deposits (Sudbury), Merensky Reef-type PGE deposits in layered intrusions (Bushveld, Stillwater), and diamondiferous kimberlites and lamproites. Practical exercises will consist of examination of suites of samples from major ore camps in both hand specimen and in thin section as well as computer exercises.  Students will be divided into groups on Monday and assigned an exploration exercise that the groups will on Friday.

    Further information can be found on the University of Melbourne handbook entry (

    Lecturer: Reid Keays (


    Practical work - 40%

    Exploration exercise

    • Group mark - 10%
    • Individual mark - 10%

    Multiple choice exam - 40%

    What You Need To Bring: Hand lens and pencil magnet.

    Cost: $500 for industry participants.

    Location: Field


    Neville Rosengren, La Trobe University

    Minimum = 7, Max = 10

    This field course of five days is an introduction to coastal landforms and processes. It is intended for students who have not taken a course in coastal geomorphology in Victoria. Travel is by 10 passenger bus. 

    This course will run from 1st April to 5th April 2019. Enrolments are capped at 10 students. The course will be repeated from 6th May to 10th May 2019 provided there are at least 7 bookings for the 2nd course. See Enrollment details for the Repeat Course

    There is no classroom introduction - the course assembles at 0900 Monday at Beacon Cove Light Rail Terminal at Station Pier, Port Melbourne (last stop on Route 109) and concludes in the field at Clifton Springs (Bellarine Peninsula) the following Friday afternoon. Field sites include beaches, cliffs, estuaries and tidal flats on parts of Port Phillip and Western Port, south Gippsland, Bellarine Peninsula and Otway coast.

    Field activity involves traversing selected sectors of coast to record:

    • nature and origin of the coastal materials
    • geomorphic processes
    • environmental history
    • coastal hazard/risk assessment, steep coast dynamics, beach maintenance and nourishment, impact of marinas and other engineering structures, indications and implications of sea-level rise for coastal change
    • conservation of significant and sensitive geoscience sites.


    Assessment details can be found at:

    Submissions date: One week after completion of course.


    Shared cabins: Mon-Tues (Tooradin) and Wed-Thurs (Torquay). Expect to pay about $145 for accommodation for the week plus meals you provide - cabins have cooking facilities. You need field gear including sleeping bag/sheet, towel and pillow. If you want to reduce accommodation cost it may be possible to camp for (for a fee to be determined).


    Travel is by the bus provided by VIEPS. If you cancel enrolment, please notify ASAP. If cancellation frees a place, later enrollments will be allocated that place in order of enrollment. Once all places in Week 1 are taken you may enroll for Week 2. WATCH E-MAILS FOR POSSIBLE VARIATIONS OF THESE OPTIONS.. Please travel to Beacon Cove Light Rail Terminal (last stop on Route 109) at Station Cove Port Melbourne by 0900 Monday of 1st day of course (date to be notified). This venue is easily accessible by public transport. Our return route on Friday is via Footscray Rail station or other rail/tram stops around the city and Melbourne and La Trobe Unis.


    No charge for travel on the bus. 50% deposit on accommodation is required by 4 weeks ahead of the course to guarantee a place. Refund of this can only be made in exceptional circumstance. 

    Please make payment here  -

    Venue: University of Melbourne (Parkville campus)

    Dates: 17-21 June 2019; First meeting at 9:00 am at location below

    Registration Deadline: 21 May 2019

    Location: School of Earth Sciences (McCoy Building); Room 218 - Gregory Lab

    Gregory Lab (Room 218), McCoy Building, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Crn. of Swanston and Elgin Streets. Meet in lecture theatre at 9:00am for a 9:30 start.

    Subject content:  

    This subject will cover advanced concepts in groundwater physics and chemistry, and is intended to present a selection of topics at the forefront of academic/government research and commercial/industrial applications in groundwater science. Hydrogeology is an inherently quantitative and cross-disciplinary subject that requires self-motivation and active engagement with the material.


    Working knowledge of hydrogeology and some background in geoscience or environmental science.  Recommended knowledge: Algebra, basic calculus.  For a review of Hydrogeology, visit the online U.S. Geological Survey Water Science School (URL below).  (This is actually good pre-class review material!)

    Lectures:  Lectures will present fundamental concepts and theory behind the scheduled topics.  Practical exercises will be assigned that will require you to think and work your way through the questions.  You may work in groups, but are responsible for your own learning for the final exam.

    Assessment: 4 x 10% practical exercises = 40%, 1 x 3-hr written final exam = 60%.

    What you need to bring: 

    Scientific calculator (not a smart phone) for final exam.

    Lined A4 Notebook with removable pages to write up and submit practical exercises.

    Having a ruler for measuring distances would help. Grey led pencil and different coloured pens.


    17-21nd June 2019

    Monday 17th: 9:30 lecture: Physical hydrogeology review and advanced concepts

                              1:30 practical: Groundwater flow and contaminant transport

                              (7 contact hours)

    Tuesday 18th: 9:30 lecture: Hydrogeochemistry review and advanced concepts

                              1:30 practical: Chemical equilibrium and aqueous geochemistry modelling

                              (7 contact hours)

    Wednesday 19th: 9:00 field trip: Field trip to Daylesford

                              All day trip to Daylesford for well bore sampling and monitoring.

                              Vehicles will leave shortly after 9:00am; meet in Gregory.

                              (8 contact hours)

    Thursday 20th: 9:00 practical: Report preparation from Wednesday field trip.

                               10:30 lecture: Case studies and geochemical modelling

                               1:30 practical: Introduction to PHREEQC for geochemical modelling

                              (7.5 contact hours)

    Friday 21st: 9:30 Exam review

                          1:00-4:00 Final exam

                           (6 hours)

    Lecturer: Dr. Jay Black (Find an Expert Profile)

    Cost: Students enrolled at VIEPS member institutions $100 (lab fee); industry participants $1500, payment advice TBA.

    To make the payment for this course, please click 

    Course and assessment information can be found at:

    Dates: Feb 3-10 2019

    Time, Date, Location of first Meeting: Tasmanian students (or interstate students already in Hobart) are to meet at 9:00 am on Sunday 3rd of February in the MRT Core Storage carpark (in Mornington). Students flying in from Victoria on the morning of Sunday 2nd February should be on Flight No. JQ701 which arrives in Hobart at 07:15 am (see recommended flight information below). Upon arriving, interstate students are to gather at the SE-end (i.e. the far end) of the public drop-off/pick up area, from where they will be collected by the course leader/s around 8:30 am. Enrolled students will be emailed contact information so that instructors can be notified of delayed flights etc. 

    Costs and How to Pay: Students need to book and pay for their own accommodation in Hobart for Sunday (2nd February) night, and for any previous nights if arriving earlier. From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th February students will be staying in Queenstown. Accommodation has already been booked, but students have two options. They can stay in basic twin-share back-packer accommodation for $290 or shared motel room with en suite for $400. These costs need to be paid in physical cash at the motel, students will receive a receipt from the motel.  

    Course Description: The Exploration Field Skills (EFS) mapping camp provides participants with the opportunity to develop skills (or enhance existing skills) in geological mapping, core logging and structural analysis, within a mineral exploration context. 

    During the week-long camp in western Tasmania, participants map, interpret and ultimately assess the exploration potential of a 4−5 km2 area of Cambrian Mount Read Volcanics. The rock sequence exposed in the mapping area is similar to that hosting the nearby Rosebery and Hercules volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits, located 5−10 km further north. The area may also be prospective for Devonian base metal deposits. These are typically much smaller than the Cambrian VHMS deposits and structurally- rather than stratigraphically-controlled.To date, eight diamond drill holes have been drilled in the mapping area. Three of these will be inspected (and two re-logged) by participants during the mapping camp. One of these holes intersected a narrow interval of low grade base metal mineralisation. 

    Participants evaluate textural, structural, mineralogical and geochemical features of the mineralized interval, and together with an assessment of its stratigraphic position, decide whether mineralization is more likely to be Cambrian (i.e. early, stratigraphically-controlled) or Devonian (i.e. late, structurally-controlled).

    Data collected during field mapping and core logging are used to unravel the stratigraphy and structure of the area, as well as the nature and extent of any hydrothermal alteration. This information provides the basis for an assessment of the exploration potential of the area, with participants asked to identify any previously untested areas in which base metal deposits could potentially occur within 500 m of the surface

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Arrangements for the exploration field skills mapping camp (Feb 3 – 10, 2019):

    Recommended Incoming Flight

    Flight No: JQ701

    Departs: Sunday 03 February 2019, 6:00am, Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Domestic Terminal T4

    Arrives:  Sunday 03 February 2019, 7:15am, Hobart

    Cabin: Economy 

    Duration: 1hr 15mins 

    Aircraft: Airbus A321

    Operated by: Jetstar Airways


    Recommended Outgoing Flight

    Flight No: JQ710

    Departs: Sunday 10 February 2019, 4:50pm, Hobart

    Arrives: Sunday 10 February 2019, 6:10pm, Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Domestic Terminal T4

    Cabin: Economy 

    Duration: 1hr 20mins 

    Aircraft: Airbus A321 

    Operated by: Jetstar Airways

    The 07:15 arrival flight on Sunday the 3rd is the latest we’d like people to arrive. If you arrive on the 3rd, we will pick you up from the airport. If you arrive the day before (or earlier) please contact to discuss arrangements for getting out to MRT. Sunday the 3rd is spent logging drill core from the field area, which is housed at Mineral Resources Tasmania, about half-way between UTAS and the airport (15 mins either way). You will be required to find your own accommodation in Hobart on Sunday night (3rd) and Saturday night (2nd) if you arrive earlier.

    We leave from UTAS for Queenstown a little after 8.30 am on Monday 4th.

    From Monday to Sunday 10th we’ll be staying at the Mountain View Motel in Queenstown. There are two options for students: basic twin-share back-packer accommodation for $290 or shared motel room with en suite for $400.

    We leave Queenstown at 9 am on Sunday 10th and should be back to the airport by ~2.00 pm. However to give us a bit of slop with travel time, we recommend that you don’t book a return flight that leaves any earlier than 4:50 pm.

    Dates: 27/01/2020-7/02/2020

    Time, Date, Location of First Meeting: This will be communicated to enrolled students by email.

    Costs and How to Pay: The cost per student is $1100 and payment will be made by Monash e-cart. Enrolled students will receive detailed instructions via email. 

    Subject Overview:

    This is an intensive 12-day field trip to New Zealand, one of the best natural laboratories in which to learn about geology. Apart from being dramatically different to Australia in terms of modern day geological activity, it is a ribbon continent with a complex assembly of allochthonous terranes, part of which was formerly part of Australia. It has hyperactive back arc volcanism, spectacular geothermal activity, very active seismicity and is one of the few countries in the world with glaciers at sea level. Some of the main concepts to be covered will be:

    ·       Arcs and back-arc architecture, seismicity and volcanism

    ·       Transpressional fault systems

    ·       Geothermal springs and geothermal power

    ·       The relationship of these to ore deposits

    ·       Glaciers as a record of Holocene climate change

    ·       Seismic hazards and engineering responses


    Learning Outcomes:

    ·       Interpreting evidence of deformation and origin of a fault structure

    ·       Understanding and interpreting field evidence of the different mechamisms driving different types of metamorphism

    ·       Development of skills in the preparation of a stratigraphic log

    ·       Understanding and interpreting field characteristics of geochemical processes


    Generic Skills:

    ·       Exercise critical judgement;

    ·       undertake rigorous and independent thinking;

    ·       adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;

    ·       develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;

    ·       work as part of a team.

    For more information see the University of Melbourne handbook entry (


    Recommended background knowledge

    A knowledge of third-year geology is strongly recommended

    Contact hours

    Twelve days (96 hours) in the field including travel time. 


    Pre-reading and poster preparation will be required in the lead-up to the field trip. Students will be required to research their own reading material, in line with their individually assigned research topics; this is part of the assessment. 


     Four fieldwork assignments, each worth 12.5% (each equivalent to about 1000 words), due at intervals throughout the subject. A 15-minute poster-based presentation (50%), to be presented in the field at a site directly related to the poster topic (notice will be given on an individual basis of the timing of presentations). 

    NOTE: Cost per student is $1100 to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

    There is a enrollment cap of 20 for this subject. 

    Location: University of Tasmania and Strahan, Western Tasmania

    Dates: 2-6 September 2019 - Weather Dependent

    First meeting details: Meet Matthew J. Cracknell  at 9am at the CODES conference room, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus

    Course contactsDr Matthew J. Cracknell  (

    Please note that there is a minimum enrolment of 5 and maximum number of 20 for this course.


    Course description: 

    We begin with one and a half days of introductory lectures (environmental geochemistry, geophysics, and hydrogeology) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, before driving to Tasmania’s west Coast on Tuesday afternoon. We will spend Wednesday and Thursday undertaking detailed field surveys of the downstream effects of acid drainage and mine tailings discharged from the Mt Lyell site on the Queen and King River system and Macquarie Harbour, including a visit to the Mt Lyell mine site. On Friday morning, we examine the abandoned Zeehan smelter site and discuss its legacy of environmental problems, before returning to Hobart on Friday afternoon.

    Skills to be taught include field analysis of acid drainage chemistry and mine tailings, piezometer measurement and analysis in porous aquifers, and a range of geophysical techniques, including resistivity and electromagnetics. The course will emphasise integration of these diverse techniques to solve environmental problems.

    Participants must be prepared for very cold and wet weather, and are required to bring steel-capped boots for the mine visits, and wet weather gear. 


    Field assessments of environmentally damaged sites to be submitted during the trip (25%), plus a report to be submitted in the following week that processes and analyses the data collected on the trip (75%).

    Payment Information:

    Approximate Field Trip Cost:
    Fee VIEPS:

    $200.00 (this covers 3 nights’ accommodation in Strahan plus ground transportation – it does not include airfares, meals or accommodation in Hobart)

    Fee Student (non-VIEPS institution): $250.00
    Fee Industry: $600.00 (includes private accommodation in Strahan)

    Further information:

    Weather conditions are variable on the West Coast of Tasmania. Be prepared for cold, wet weather - bring appropriate wet weather gear, warm hat, gloves, thermals, scarf, change of clothes, etc. Snow is also a possibility. Gum boots are advisable - failing that, sturdy field boots (steel capped gumboots are ideal). Warm changes of clothing, etc. 

    Important note: our return to Hobart may be delayed significantly by bad weather (western Tasmanian roads can be affected badly by snow and ice), so do not plan to fly home from Hobart on Friday evening. If enough students from the mainland are interested, we could arrange to return via Burnie or Launceston, to allow departure from either of these airports on Friday evening. Please contact the course coordinators ASAP if you are interested in this possibility.

    The accommodation at Strahan Cabin Park will be in cabins.  Most cabins contain a room with a double bed, another room with two bunks, and a self-contained kitchen, bathroom and shower (and heater and television). Three students per cabin. Some cabins are bigger, and accommodate 5 or 8 students.

     Students are responsible for their own meals, so bring money to purchase all meals, or bring your own food.  No food will be provided, although opportunities to buy food at the supermarket will be provided as we drive to Strahan. Strahan has a great pub which does good counter meals, a bakery, and a supermarket, plus several restaurants.

    Required equipment: Writing implements (you will have assignments to complete).  Waterproof paper. Hand lens.

    Try to minimise luggage as we will have quite a few people to fit into the minivans.

    Bedding, linen and towels is provided in the cabins in Strahan.  There is no need to bring any bedding for the west coast excursion. 

    Please note that the university is located in Sandy Bay, on the southwestern side of town. It's about a 20-30 minute walk from downtown Hobart to the Uni, so any of the backpackers in town are suitable accommodation venues. Don't stay in North Hobart, which is the wrong side of town (at least in terms of bus travel - you have to catch two buses!).

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Location: University of Tasmania

    Venue: Codes Conference Room, Geo353; Geology/Geography Building, Sandy Bay Campus; Course starts at 9 am on June 10th, 2019 - June 14th 2019

    The course is intended for Honours students and other Post-Graduate students with an interest in the formation and evolution of basic and ultrabasic magmas . For those interested in magmatic ore deposits, it is recommended that this course is taken in conjunction with the "Igneous Geodynamics and Magmatic Ore Deposits” course taught at the University of Melbourne.

    The first two days cover key theoretical aspects of petrology including units of concentration, solid solutions and mineral formulas, activities and equilibrium, the phase rule, mass balance, phase diagrams, equilibrium/fractional crystallisation.

    The third day includes an example of a large layered intrusion (Dovyren Magmatic Complex, Siberia), followed by: the effects of pressure and H2O on melting and crystallisation; causes of melting and crystallisation; and an introduction to the concept of distribution coefficients for trace elements.

    Day four covers trace elements in main rock-forming minerals, modelling of crystallisation process, several aspects of petrogenesis and mineral chemistry of MORBs and subduction-related lavas. 

    Day five will introduce studies of melt inclusions and present examples from subduction-related lavas and komatiites.

    Each day will consist of 3 lectures (~1 hour each), each followed by 1-hour practicals on the subject of the preceeding lecture. Each practical will be assessed, and an average of three daily practicals will be given as a mark for each day. The mark for the course is the average of the five daily marks.

    The course is held in Hobart at the University of Tasmania. Directions on how to find the venue will be provided to the enrolled students.


    A second or third year level course in igneous petrology and geochemistry is strongly recommended


    Wilson: Igneous Petrogenesis: A Global-Tectonic Approach. Springer, 1989

    Cox, Bell and Pankhurst: The interpretation of igneous rocks. Allen & Unwin, 1979.(Detailed explanations of phase diagrams and chemical fractionation)

    Deer, Howie and Zussman: An introduction to the rock-forming minerals: Longman Scientific & Technical, 1992. (Excellent for detailed information on the crystal optics, and chemical compositional variations in all mineral groups).

    Winter: An introduction to igneous and metamorphic petrology. Prentice Hall, 2001

    Best: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 2nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2003

    Philpotts and Ague: Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, 2nd Edition.  Cambridge, 2009

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Location: University of Melbourne

    Date, Time and Venue of First Meeting: The first lecture will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 in PAR-Old Engineering-107 (A1 Theatre) at the University of Melbourne. Please see the handbook entry (timetable) for further information, and look for the Summer Semester timetable content.

    Course Costs: None

    This subject introduces the fundamental concepts of computing programming and how to solve simple problems using the high-level procedural languate Python, with a specific emphasis on data manipulation, transformation and the visualisation of scientific data.

    Fundamental programming constructs; fundamental data structures; abstraction; basic program structures; algorithmic problem solving, solving differential equations; use of modules.

    The subject assumes no prior knowledge of computer programming.

    This course will run from Tuesday 22nd January to the 3rd of March and will be held at The University of Melbourne (please see timetable available through the handbook entry for class locations).

    The course material and computational resources will be available online. You will be given the required passwords and links when you arrive. You are welcome to bring your own laptop but you will need to arrange your own access to the University of Melbourne wireless network (or eduroam). 

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    For information on this course, please contact Prof Andrew Turpin (

    For information on how this course fits with PYE and GEO, please contact Louis Moresi.

    Dates: 18 - 22 February, 2019

    Location: Computer lab, room G15,  ground floor, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University

    Time: Blended lectures and practical exercises from 9:30 am till 5 pm each day

    The abundance of digital spatial data coupled with the development of technologies like Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has changed the way in which information about spatial phenomena is collected, managed, analysed and depicted. A GIS is not simply a computer system for making maps; although it can readily and very effectively accomplish this. The main difference between a GIS and computer mapping or drafting systems is that a GIS enable analysis of complex spatial interrelationships that exist between phenomena in the real world as well as their non-spatial attributes. This allows us to go beyond making static digital maps from digital data, by providing a technology with the capacity to answer questions that relate to what objects are, where they occur, and how they relate to each other.

    For example, a digital map can depict the magnitude and distribution of earthquakes relative to major faults and the earths topography. A GIS can also do this, and it can be used to answer questions about the various phenomena shown on the map. How many quakes of a chosen minimum magnitude occur within a specified area and specified time period? Is there a correlation between the density of quakes and faults in a particular orientation? What is the relationship between the topographic gradient and elevation within a chosen area? Are Cu anomalies in a sediment geochemistry survey correlated with a particular lithology, regolith type or structure, and if so, where do these phenomena occur together?

    This course will introduce the concept of a GIS as a problem-solving technology within the geosciences, and through hands-on practical classes and lectures will provide the basic hands-on skills needed to design and implement a GIS project. Specific topics will include map projections and georeferencing, distortions in image data, raster and vector data models, incorporating digital terrain models and geophysical data, introduction to boolean logic and functions, data accuracy and access issues and limitations of GIS. The course will include an examination of case histories of GIS projects and students will also build a GIS project of their own to solve a simulated exploration problem using QGIS and real-world data sets.

    If you have your own data for your research projects please bring it along to the course. We will schedule some time during the week to discuss and assist you with your own GIS projects.

    Special Requirements: None; however basic computer skills and some knowledge of statistics would be an advantage. 

    For further course and assessment information please contact Robin Armit

    Cost: None!

    University of Melbourne course information can be found at:

    2019 COURSE INFO

    For further information, please see

    Location:  9am Visualisation Room Level 3 McCoy building, April 8 - 12 2019

    This course builds upon a basic knowledge of python (see Introduction to Python - INP) to develop key expertise in scientific applications of python, particularly for the Earth sciences. We are also going to focus on problem-solving approaches to computation - developing a systematic approach to programming, testing, debugging and documentation. We will make use of git for version control which is a tool / strategy that you will definitely find helpful in future (note: see preparation below). We will do all of our work within the literate programming environment of jupyter notebooks. 

    We will introduce/review the 'standard' scientific python toolkits such as numpyscipymatplotlibpandas. We will teach you how to manipulate and transform data in simple ways, plotting, mapping, visualisation, interpolation, gridding, function fitting, and exporting data / images into common, interchangeable data formats such as hdf5 and netcdfgeotiff

    We will learn how to orchestrate common earth science python software applications including plate reconstruction (pygplates), seismic data set acquisition and analysis (obspy), meshing and interpolation (stripy).

    We will learn how to solve very simple differential equations with application to geothermal energy and ground water flow, statistical analysis of data sets, online data repository.


    We are going to make extensive use of jupyter notebooks. If you haven't used these before, it will be helpful to watch this tutorial on the benefits of notebooks:  .

    You do not need to come along to the course knowing how to use the notebooks, but you should understand why this is a great environment for learning and a springboard to your use of python in the future. 

    This article introduces numpy and scipy for users of python [Read the first 5 pages and skim the rest if you wish as this is more detail than you need]

    Oliphant, T. E. (2007), Python for scientific computing, Computing In Science and Engineering9(3), 10–20, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2007.58. 

    We'll be using matplot lib for graphs and cartopy for maps. Please take a look at the gallery for each one and take note if there are any examples that particularly relate to your work or interests: matplotlib and cartopy.


    All students will need to have a github account setup in advance. Github is free to sign up to and is a tool that we will use to exchange files / information during the course. We also use your github credentials to authenticate your access to all the course materials. You can keep all of your own information private - this authentication does not disclose any information to us.

    Location: University of Melbourne

    Time, Date and Venue of First Meeting: 14:15 on Wednesday 31st July 2019 in PAR-Physics South-L108 (Laby Theatre). Please see the handbook entry (timetable) for further information. 

    This subject introduces the fundamental concepts of computing programming and how to solve simple problems using the high-level procedural languate Python, with a specific emphasis on data manipulation, transformation and the visualisation of scientific data.

    Fundamental programming constructs; fundamental data structures; abstraction; basic program structures; algorithmic problem solving, solving differential equations; use of modules.

    The subject assumes no prior knowledge of computer programming.

    This course will run from Wednesday 31st July to the 23rd of October 2019 and will be held at The University of Melbourne.

    The course material and computational resources will be available online. You will be given the required passwords and links when you arrive. You are welcome to bring your own laptop but you will need to arrange your own access to the University of Melbourne wireless network (or eduroam). 

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    For information on this course, please contact Prof Andrew Turpin (

    For information on how this course fits with PYE and GEO, please contact Louis Moresi.

    **This subject has an enrolment cap of 12 students** Registration is required by Sept. 7 2019

    Location: University of Melbourne/Museum Victoria

    Venue on campus: School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building (Rm 204 and Rm 313)

    Dates: Oct 28th - Nov 1st, 2019 37.5 contact hours total (10 hours lectures, 27.5 hours practical exercises)

    Monday: 10am-5pm

    Tuesday: 10am-5pm

    Wednesday: 9.30am-5pm

    Thursday: 10am-5pm

    Friday: 9am-5pm

    Time, Date, Location of First Meeting: 10 am, Monday 28th October, 2nd Floor Meeting Room (Room 204) 


    Subject Overview:

    This is a 5day course of lectures, practical sessions, and laboratory visits focused on modern mineral characterisation techniques. The course will include practical exercises involving use of X‐ray diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (EM), and electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) to characterise the structure and composition of known minerals.  Basic mineralogy concepts will be reviewed, and some advanced concepts presented.  We will visit the Melbourne Museum for a tour of the mineral collection.

    Learning outcomes:

    Familiarity with modern laboratory methods of mineral identification/characterisation.

    Understanding of the applied significance of crystal chemistry and symmetry.

    Knowledge of practical uses of minerals and their economic value.


    3 x short daily quizzes (30%)

    1 x short presentation (20%) (Friday November 1st 2019)

    1 x written report (50%) (Due Friday November 8th 2019)


    $125 for lab exercise costs (EM facilities, XRD consumables)

    Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended. A year 12-level chemistry background is also strongly recommended.

    Students require a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

    Further course information can be found at:

    Coordinator: Helen Green 

    Registration Deadline: Friday 1st February 2019; 25 places available. 

    Dates, Times and Schedule: 11-15 February, 9am – 5 pm every day.

    Lectures (Monday, Tuesday 9am – 1pm) – BS1 room 350

    Practicals (Monday, Tuesday 2-5pm; Wednesday- Friday 9am – 5pm) – BS1 room 128

    Location: La Trobe University Bundoora – accessible by tram (86) or bus (250); if you drive, La Trobe is ringed by car parks but you need to buy a parking ticket daily (there are ticket booths in most car parks). 

    VenueLectures: room 350, Building BS1. Pracs: room 128, Building BS1.

    Course Details: This course will show you how to use two computer programs (Global Mapper and ENVI) to process satellite images in order to obtain geological and environmental data. The course is almost entirely practical, and involves processing a variety of images from several different areas, including digital elevation models, processed Landsat satellite images, and radiometric and aeromagnetic data, to construct a geological map / cross-section / geomorphic history. No prior knowledge of remote sensing is assumed.

    For further information see the University of Melbourne handbook entry (


    Assoc Prof John Webb (Latrobe staff page)


    Practical exercises 40%

    Assignment 60%

    Prac exercises are due after each prac is completed; for the assignment you have two additional weeks to complete it after finishing the course.

    For the assignment, existing data sets are available, but you can work on your own data set (e.g. your field area), provided you can access a DEM, Landsat image, at least one geophysical image (aeromagnetics or radiometrics) and a pre-existing geological map.

    The course timetable, a map of La Trobe showing where the course will be held, and the lecture and prac notes will be uploaded to the website. You will need to print off the prac answer sheets, and you will find it easier if you print off the prac notes as well.

    What you Need to Bring: Bring a USB stick with at least 2 GB of memory.

    Cost: No cost.

    Location: Monash University

    Venue: G15, Building 28, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, 9 Rainforest walk, VIC 3800, Monash University

    Dates: The course will run: 25 Feb - 01 March, 2019, 10-5 on Monday and 9-5 for the rest of the week. Thus, the first meeting will be at 10:00 on the 25th of February in room G15, Building 28.

    Costs: None

    The course is designed to provide practical experience in the processing of regional geophysical datasets for the purpose of undertaking geological interpretation. The course is designed to allow the student to go through step-by-step methodologies of processing data, interpretation techniques, and modelling of geophysical data.

    Learning Outcomes: This course will develop skills to:

    • Process regional geophysical datasets.
    • Develop strategies to interpret geology from regional aeromagnetic and gravity data.
    • Integrate geological data into the geophysical interpretation.
    • Practical experience in geophysical interpretation.
    • Develop skills in modelling geophysical data.

    Course Content:

    • Gridding of geophysical datasets.
    • Processing of geophysical datasets
    • Image enhancement techniques
    • Interpretation strategies
    • Practical interpretation
    • Forward modelling of geophysical data
    • Understanding the third dimension

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Location: University of Melbourne

    Venue: 9am Visualisation Room Level 3, McCoy Building

    Dates: 20-24 May 2019

    2018 COURSE INFO

    An introductory course to global geodynamics and seismology.

    In this course you will gain a basic introduction to geodynamics and planetary physics. We will undertake an overview of the structure of all the solid planets of the solar system and the techniques used to probe their structure.

    You will learn about the evolutionary processes within the solid planets and moons of the solar system which produce the wealth of distinctive "geology" observed in planetary missions. You will appreciate the ubiquitous nature of geological processes, and the distinctive expression of those processes on each planetary body. You will have a good understanding of the continuum mechanics of slow deformation and the rheology of rocks and ice under planetary conditions.

    We will introduce the techniques of seismic imaging, and how to download information and begin the process of interpreting earthquake data.

    Geodynamics relies on a basic understanding of physical processes and being able to make quantitative analyses of the observations. To avoid an intensely mathematical class, we will introduce simple modelling techniques using python and ipython notebooks to give a more intuitive grasp of the way the equations should be solved. The INP course is a prerequisite but this can be negotiated for anyone who has experience with programming, particularly with python.

    This course will run from Monday 7th May until Friday 10th May 2017 and will be held at The University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, McCoy building in the 2nd floor conference room (near the lift doors in the foyer entry)  Please contact the course provider Professor Louis Moresi if you have any queries. 


    You will need to bring your own laptop and we also ask you to install the docker software platform which we will use to distribute and run all course materials. 


    We will be discussing these papers on the first day, please read them all before the class.

    Heezen, B. C. (1960), The Rift in the Ocean Floor, Scientific American.

    Wilson, J. T. (1963), Continental drift, Scientific American208(4), 86–100.

    Cox, A., R. R. Doell, and G. B. Dalrymple (1964), Reversals of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Science144(3626), 1537–1543, doi:10.1126/science.144.3626.1537.

    Isacks, B., J. Oliver, and L. R. Sykes (1968), Seismology and the new global tectonics, J. Geophys. Res.73, 5855–5899.

    Dewey, J. F. (1972), Plate tectonics, Sci. Amer., 226, 56-58

    Oxburgh, E. R., and D. L

    Professor Louis Moresi
       (w) +61 3 8344 1217 
       (m) +61 4 0333 1413

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Dates: 5th-9th August 2019.

    Location of first meeting: room 204, second floor of the Earth Sciences (McCoy) Building, The University of Melbourne

    2018 COURSE INFO

    Subject Overview:

    This course will be run as a hands-on workshop introducing the main structural geometries seen on seismic data and in outcrop in the oil industry.  The emphasis is on developing a workflow to allow exploration and production geologists and geophysicists to assess structural style and produce valid structural interpretations as well as consider alternative interpretations.  The course will introduce the structural styles associated with extension, compression, inversion, strike-slip, salt diapirism, and either shale diapirism or fractures.  Examples will be shown from both seismic data and outcrop.   Frequent short exercises, interpreting seismic data and outcrop images, will reinforce the theory presented.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • An understanding of interpretation and analysis of extensional structures
    • An ability to interpret structural inversion on seismic data
    • An understanding of the geometry of strike-slip and compression structures
    • An ability to understand the properties of salt and shale diapirism and identify their signatures in seismic data
    • A basic understanding of fractures 

    Generic Skills:

    • Exercise critical judgement;
    • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
    • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
    • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
    • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
    • work as part of a team.

    See the University of Melbourne handbook entry for further information (

    Recommended background knowledge

    A knowledge of third-year structural geology is recommended


    Structural Geology, an introduction to geometrical techniques. Donal Ragan. 2009.

    Additional requirements  

    You should bring the following equipment to all practicals:- calculator, protractor, ruler, coloured pencils, sharpener, eraser.


    A 2 hour practical exam in two parts: interpretation of a seismic line (40%) and its structural interpretation through time (60%), equivalent in total to about 3,000 words.

    Cost: PESA members $890; Non-members $1110; no additional cost for students. 

    To make the payment for this course, please click here.

    Location: University of Melbourne

    Venue: Meet in room 204, Second Floor, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne

    Dates: 4th - 8th March 2019

    Time: 9 am

    Costs: None

    2018 COURSE INFO

    The course combines the RIG (Radiogenic Isotope Geology) and TTA (Thermochronology: Theory and Applications) courses of previous years. It covers the basic principles of Ar-Ar, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Pb (conventional Pb-Pb, U-Pb, SHRIMP, LA-ICPMS, CHIME), Lu-Hf and Re-Os, as well as fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. The application of these geochronology/thermochronology and isotopic tracing methods to a variety of geological problems will be presented. Afternoon sessions will be devoted to pracs (calculating ages, meaning of errors, plotting data e.g. isochrons, U-Pb plots, histograms using the computer package ISOPLOT and modelling thermal histories). 

    Students require a working knowledge of the Excel software package.

    Further course and assessment information can be found at:

    Lecturer: Barry Kohn