Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Earth Structure, Resources and History of Life is an introductory earth science subject that establishes foundation concepts, knowledge and skills which will enable students to continue studies in the discipline or apply earth science principles within other disciplines and future employment. The subject content includes the study of processes causing deformation of Earth's crust and consequent structural changes in rocks. The study of Earth's resources examines the occurrence and formation of the resources of ore deposits, fossil fuels and groundwater. The history of life on Earth examines concepts of time and the factors affecting the evolution of plants and animals, including climate change and other catastrophes. Practical experience is directed at developing skills in the interpretation of regional rock structures, the interpretation of geological maps, and the study of fossils and stratigraphy.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Earth Edition 1PrescribedRedfern, M 2012QUERCUS PUBLISHING
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 20092ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Field Trip
One 1.0 days field trip per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
1.5-hour practical examination20
laboratory and excursion reports20
one 2-hour theory examination40
one written assignment15
three short tests5