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Unit description

Introduces the formation of the earth over geological time and the complex interacting systems that provide a basis for life on earth, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Considers the recent changes induced by human activities and impacts on a global scale.

Unit content

1. The Earth: Introduction to earth system science. The solar system and formation of the earth. Earth materials, minerals, rocks, inorganic and organic material, and geologic time.

2. Geosphere: Earth’s interior, plate tectonics, continents and shaping of terrestrial systems. Earthquakes, volcanoes. The rock cycle, weathering, erosion, deposition, and geologic records.

3. Hydrosphere: Hydrological cycle, ocean, seas, rivers, streams, lakes, ice, glaciers, groundwater and the atmosphere. 

4. Oceans: Shaping of the ocean and the coastlines from plate tectonics, currents and waves. Deposition of sediments from terrestrial run-off and carbonate systems.

5. Atmosphere: Weather patterns and the influence from climate change, El Nino, La Nina cycle and the impacts of atmospheric cycles on ocean and terrestrial systems.

6. The Biosphere and Anthropocene: A brief overview of the living world over geologic time and its influence on the Earth system. The recent role of human influences on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, climate, ecosystems,  land/soils, biodiversity, and the oceans.

Learning outcomes

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1Describe the key attributes of major interacting Earth systems, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere.
2Demonstrate an understanding of important earth system cycles.
3Apply critical scientific thinking to describe how the Earth systems interact across different scales in space and time.
4Reflect on how humans have influenced the current and future functioning of the Earth systems.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the key attributes of major interacting Earth systems, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of important earth system cycles.
  3. Apply critical scientific thinking to describe how the Earth systems interact across different scales in space and time.
  4. Reflect on how humans have influenced the current and future functioning of the Earth systems.

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Portfolio30%
Presentation40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Portfolio30%
Presentation40%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz30%
Portfolio30%
Presentation40%
Notice

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