EARTH SCIENCE

GEO1ES

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to important earth science theories and the evidence for them, and to the formation and alteration of minerals, rocks and landscapes. It also considers the history of life on Earth and the interaction of humans with geological processes. GEO1ES Earth Science is available for study by students in all disciplines across the university, and will provide students with foundation geoscience knowledge and skills that are applicable across varying areas of future employment.

This subject is presented in a Blended format consisting of a mix of on-line activities, student peer work and academic led face-to-face classes.

As a 15 credit point subject, the subject is designed with the expectation that each student will undertake at least 10 hour of study per week consisting of on-line activities, face to face class time and private study.
This is generally arranged (though it may vary from week to week) as:

  • On-line video clips, activities, readings and quizzes [ 3 hours self-paced]
  • 3 hour active workshop [ 3hours face to face, Timetabled]

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects GEO1PRO and GEO1ERS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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:
The physical properties and composition of minerals and common rocks and their modes of formations are introduced in face-to-face sessions, or via online content. The properties and how to identify them are then explored in laboratory sessions.

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

Activities:
The Theory of Plate Tectonics will be introduced in face-to-face sessions and online content. Students understanding of the theory will be extended during face-to-face sessions, laboratory classes and assignments.

03. Describe processes that occur at or near the surface of the Earth that cause changes to rock materials, landscapes and the environment, including how humans interact with them.

Activities:
The processes occurring that alter rocks, landscapes and environment, and human interaction with geology will be introduced during face-to-face sessions and online content. Students understanding of these will be extended during face-to-face sessions, laboratory classes and assignments.

04. Apply geological principles to the interpretation of surface landscape and beneath ground structures.

Activities:
Geological principles used in surface and beneath ground interpretations will be introduced to students in face-to-face sessions and online content. These will be further explored in face-to-face sessions and laboratory classes.

05. Apply the principles of relative and absolute dating to the interpretation of geological histories and the general history of Earth.

Activities:
The princioples of relative and abolute dating wil be introduces in face-to-face sessions and online content. Their application to geological histories will be extended in face-to-face sessions and laboratory classes.

06. Interpret geological maps.

Activities:
Laboratory reports (students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and individually produce written practical reports). Practical test. Written assignment. Final exam (written responses to short answer and essay questions).

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Albury-Wodonga, 2015, 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 3.0 hours field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week 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 study period 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 any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 hour Examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one written assignment (1000 words)20 02, 03, 06
On-line activities25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Two practical activities15 01, 02, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

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

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week 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 study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 hour Examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one written assignment (1000 words)20 02, 03, 06
On-line activities25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Two practical activities15 01, 02, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

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

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours field trip per study period on any day including weekend 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 from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 hour Examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one written assignment (1000 words)20 02, 03, 06
On-line activities25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Two practical activities15 01, 02, 04, 05