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
Unit 7- Geochemistry
Elements and isotopes
Interactions between the earth’s layers
Separation and concentration of elements
Moving and mixing the earth
Evolution of the earth’s atmosphere
The nitrogen cycle
The oxygen cycle
The carbon cycle
Unit 8 – Groundwater hydrology
Estimated global groundwater resources
Types of groundwater
Occurrence of groundwater
Infiltration of water
Depth to groundwater
Properties and parameters of aquifers
Primary and secondary porosity
Groundwater recharge and discharge
Unit 9 – Applied geology
Value of groundwater
Determining the value of groundwater
Prospecting and exploration
Development and exploitation
Surface mining and underground mining
Geology in engineering applications
Applications of geology in engineering
Geological techniques applied to engineering
Geohazards in engineering practices
Objectives and aspects of geological mapping
Surface geological mapping methodology
Soil: indicator of underlying rock type
Vegetation and geomorphology
Preparing a geological map
Interpretation of geological maps
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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.
My experience was good, the information I learnt was fascinating, engaging, and detailed. I enjoyed every part of the course and learnt lots of new and interesting things.
R. Kanyaro, Gosford NSW | Certificate of Geology
A huge amount of work has been put into this course by the organisers to provide a succinct foundation to the subject. It lead me into new areas of hydrology and radiometric dating along with an excellent refresher of my background from the 1960s!
I have very much enjoyed it.
J. Davies, Mullumbimby | Certificate of Geology
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 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.