Course handbook


Earth Science Systems and Applications: This course provides a dynamic introduction to Earth Science systems and applications. It introduces the disciplines of Geology, Physical Geography and Environmental Science and affords a better understanding of 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Produce written and oral work at a level of literacy adequate for entry into undergraduate study.

2. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a group.

3. Demonstrate critical analytical skills in response to texts and other stimuli.

4. Demonstrate the capability to use library resources for research.

5. Show competency in the use of computers for research and assignment presentation.

6. Demonstrate the ability to work systematically in the field, and demonstrate appropriate competence in practical techniques.

7. 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. 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
  8. mineral resources
  9. glaciation and ice ages
  10. topographic and geologic maps and cross sections
  11. landscape interpretation
  12. local geology
  13. environmental issues
  14. geological catastrophes, and hazards
  15. engineering geology


EPGEOS301 Requisites

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Report: Assignment 2 - Field Report

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Written Assignment: Assignment 4

Report: Assignment 5 - Geological Interpretation Report

Written Assignment: Assignment 6

Quiz: Weekly Quiz

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Lectures are 4 hours per week; one x 1 day field excursion and one detailed geological interpretation report.


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks