Introduces students to basic fundamentals in geology and geomorphology, with a focus on the outer shell of the Earth. The unit outlines the composition, structure and dynamic nature of the lithosphere and the processes acting upon it that lead to the evolution of the landforms we see today. The unit seeks to develop basic geological knowledge and field skills useful to environmental science and management professionals.
Origin and internal structure of the lithosphere
Minerals, rocks, and the rock system
The plate tectonic system
Weathering and erosion
Evolution of landforms
Geological time and history
Geological evolution of the Australian continent and northeast New South Wales
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other geological hazards
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Demonstrate a knowledge of the internal structure of the earth and how the lithosphere was formed||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Apply basic rock and mineral identification skills||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||Understand the processes that drive landform change, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and plate tectonics||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||Apply the concepts of geological time in the interpretation of geological maps, landform features (in the field and through analysis of satellite images and cross-section diagrams)||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||Interpret the processes and timescales involved in the evolution of landforms||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||Apply knowledge of catastrophic geological processes in terms of natural hazard assessment and management, and the management and exploitation of earth resources||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Smith, GA & Pun, A, 2010, How Does Earth Work?, 2nd edn, Pearson Education Inc, New Jersey. ISBN: 978-0-13-600368-7.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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