Course handbook


Earth Science in Practice provides a dynamic introduction to Earth Science applications. It applies the skills and knowledge of Geology, Physical Geography and Environmental Science to the solution of problems involving Earth and its processes.

The subject matter and assessment provide for a range of learning styles. This course provides a sound basis on which to proceed to undergraduate studies in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and provides a body of knowledge and skills, complete in itself, for those planning to continue their study in other areas of Science, Technology and Education.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate written skills to a level suitable for undergraduate entry.

2. Exercise critical and analytical skills.

3. Develop competency in individual research.

4. Prepare 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 from field based data collection to demonstrate interpretive ability, understanding of three dimensional geology and literacy skills.

9. Develop the ability to organise and write answers in a limited time and address examination questions.


The course includes coverage of the following topics:

1. Fundamental concepts in Earth Science

2. Effects of plate tectonics

3. Landscapes and maps

4. Using topographic and geologic maps and cross sections

5. Introduction to Australian geology

6. Mineral resources

7. Past and future climates

8. Environmental issues: water and waste


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Quiz: Weekly Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Face2Face Day x 2