Earth Science 1

Course code EPGEOS141Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Earth Science 1 provides an introduction to Earth Science systems. It introduces the disciplines of Geology, Physical Geography and Environmental Science and affords a better understanding of Earth and those processes which have operated in the past and still operate to produce the planet as we know it. The subject matter and assessment accommodates a range of learning styles. The course provides both a sound basis on which to proceed to undergraduate studies in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as general knowledge and skills for those planning to continue their study in other areas of Science, Technology and Education.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate written skills to a level suitable for undergraduate entry.
2. Exercise critical and analytical skills.
3. Demonstrate competency in individual research.
4. Produce assignments to a level suitable for undergraduate entry.
5. Utilise problem solving abilities.
6. Integrate concepts introduced in lectures and their application to actual examples.
7. Work systematically in order to explain geological features observed in the field in terms of their significance, how they formed and how they relate to broad concepts of geological science.
8. Write a report using information gained in the field to show students' interpretive ability and literacy skills.
9. Organise and write answers in a limited time and address examination questions.
ContentThe course includes coverage of the following topics:
1. the Earth as a planet.
2. continental drift and plate tectonics.
3. earthquakes.
4. volcanic activity.
5. rock forming minerals.
6. igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes and products.
7. fossils, evolution and geological time.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 Minor Assignments, 15% each. Designed to develop written skills to a level suitable for undergraduate entry. Develop critical and analytical skills. Develop competency in individual research and preparation of assignments, as well as in group interaction.
Examination: FormalFinal Examination in the University examination period, 50% Assess the student's ability to organise and write answers in a limited time, and address examination questions.
ReportsFieldwork assignment, 20%. Major assignment designed to enhance and assess the students' problem solving abilities and to integrate concepts introduced in lectures and their application to actual examples. It requires students to work systematically and to be able to explain geological features observed in the field in terms of their significance, how they formed and how they relate to broad concepts of geological science. It also assesses the student's ability to use practical skills, to write an organised and meaningful report and to practise field analysis.

Students studying Online will have access to a video and some rock samples taken from the field area so they can participate in a 'virtual field tutorial'.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Field Study: for 8 hour(s) per Term for 1 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPGEOS141