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.
Availability2017 Course Timetables2018 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2017
- Semester 2 - 2018
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:
- Earth as a planet
- continental drift and plate tectonics
- volcanic activity
- rock forming minerals
- igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes and products
- fossils, evolution and geological time
- mineral resources
- glaciation and ice ages
- topographic and geologic maps and cross sections
- landscape interpretation
- local geology
- environmental issues
- geological catastrophes, and hazards
- engineering geology
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
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 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks