6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
ATS1301, ENV1022, ESC1022
This unit is a core unit for further studies in Geology, Atmospheric science, Climate studies, Earth science, Environmental earth science and Geographical science.
We live on a constantly changing planet. This unit looks at the forces and processes that have shaped the planet over time, and the fossils and other biological, chemical and physical factors that provide evidence that these changes. Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, cyclones and other high impact events shape the very nature of life on Earth. We look at the science that we use to understand and model these hazards, and our attempts to predict and minimize the adverse effects of these processes and events. We will study the natural resources that are required to maintain our society - minerals, energy, water, soils and food - their origin, use, and limits, and sustainable management. At the completion of this unit, students will have a clear understanding of society's impact on the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere.
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe the processes that have shaped and changed the Earth's surface over time.
- Identify, and describe the formation of, different rocks and minerals that comprise the Earth's crust.
- Describe the evidence for plate tectonics, the forces which drive it, and the resulting natural hazards, as well as the science used to monitor their occurrence, and mitigate their outcomes.
- Describe and understand the origin of key weather and climate hazards.
- Identify the key mineral and ecosystem resources required for life to exist on Earth, the impact of humans on the environment, and the sustainable management of these resources.
- Understand the science involved in modelling future environments, based on our past and present understanding of Earth's surface processes.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Continual assessment (prac quizzes/reports): 40%
Field trip: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour practical per week
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