PROCESSES THAT SHAPE THE EARTH

GEO1PRO

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Earth Science is about understanding the planet on which we live. GEO1PRO provides foundation geoscience knowledge and skills applicable across many areas of employment, through study of the formation and alteration of minerals and rocks, the processes that shape the crust of the Earth and how humans interact with these processes, and the history of life on Earth. Practical experience is directed at recognising common rocks, minerals and fossils, and the interpretation of geological maps.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssentials of geologyPrescribedMarshak, S 20134TH ED. W.W. NORTON, NEW YORK
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012
ReadingsGeology of AustraliaRecommendedJohnson, D 2004CUP, CAMBRIDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe the physical properties and composition of common rock types and the minerals that form them, relating these to the modes of rock formation.

Activities:
Online quizes are used to revise the lecture and online tutorial material. Students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and on the excursion, and individually produce practical and excursion reports that answer questions about this topic. Concepts and knowledge are also assessed in a final practical and theory exam.

02. Relate the Theory of Plate Tectonics to processes that form rocks, minerals and structures within the Earth's lithosphere.

Activities:
Online quizes are used to revise the lecture and online tutorial material. Concepts and knowledge are also assessed in a final theory exam.

03. Apply the principles of relative and absolute dating to the interpretation of geological histories and the general history of Earth and its life forms.

Activities:
Online quizes are used to revise the lecture and online tutorial material. Students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and on the excursion, and individually produce practical and excursion reports that answer questions about this topic. Concepts and knowledge are also assessed in a final practical and theory exam.

04. Describe processes that occur at or near the surface of the Earth that cause changes to rock materials, landscapes and the environment, relating these to the way humans interact with them

Activities:
Online quizes are used to revise the lecture and online tutorial material. Students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and on the excursion, and individually produce practical and excursion reports that answer questions about this topic. Concepts and knowledge are also assessed in a final practical and theory exam..

05. Apply geological principles to the interpretation of structures in the crust and their depiction on geological maps and cross-sections.

Activities:
Online quizes are used to revise the lecture and online tutorial material. Students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and on the excursion, and individually produce practical and excursion reports that answer questions about this topic. Concepts and knowledge are also assessed in a final practical and theory exam.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorWarren Paul

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Four practical exercises (each equivalent to 200 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05
One 1-hour practical examination20 01, 03, 05
One 1.5-hour theory examination30 02, 03, 04, 05
Excursion report (500 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05
6 (biweekly) online quizes (each equivalent to 100 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 20 - 20
One 1.0 days field trip per study period on saturday during the day from week 20 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Four practical exercises (each equivalent to 200 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05
One 1-hour practical examination20 01, 03, 05
One 1.5-hour theory examination30 02, 03, 04, 05
Excursion report (500 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05
6 (biweekly) online quizes (each equivalent to 100 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05