Geology is the study of the physical structure and substance of the earth. It’s a science that has diverse applications and practical relevance across many industries, from mining to farming, construction and environmental management.
The Certificate of Geology is an online professional development program that will explore the nature and scope of geology and concepts that underpin the science.
In this professional development course, you will learn about rock types, minerals, the nature of chemical change and the significance of groundwater on different sites.
You will also learn about the nature and scope of geophysics in today’s world and the practical applications of geology.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge of the scope, nature and application of structural geology.
Unit - Geology
Unit 1 – Introduction
Applications of geology
Basic chemistry of rocks
Table of significant elements
Rocks and minerals
Minerals & mineraloids
Formation of minerals
Introduction to mineral groups
Unit 2 – Types of rocks
Silica content classification of igneous rocks
Texture and features
Classification of metamorphic rocks
Mineral classification and crystal structure
Simplified review of Pauling’s rules on crystal structures
Geological environments and mineral formation
Unit 3 – Structural geology
Tectonics and geodynamics
Features of structural geology
Foliations and lineations
Describing structures in geology
Designing tectonic models
Orientation of forces
Magnitude of stress
Data acquisition: field geology
Data synthesis and analysis
Unit 4 – Types of minerals
Colour and lustre
Transparency and cleavage
Fracture and tenacity
Sulphides and halides
Carbonates and carbon
Sulphates and phosphates
Unit 5 – Geobiology
Metabolic diversity of organisms
Oxygen-producing (photosynthetic) bacteria
Biophysical soil processes
Soil chemical environment
Influence of soil
Underwater bio-physical processes
Coral reef formation
Unit 6 – Geophysics
Plate tectonics theory
Transform faults boundaries
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.