PROCESSES THAT SHAPE THE EARTH

GEO1PRO

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This introductory earth science subject covers geological theories and the evidence for them, and examines geological processes and how these form rocks, deform the Earth's crust and cause changes to the surface of the Earth. Practical experience is directed at recognising common rocks and the minerals and the interpretation of geological maps. The generic skill of writing is specifically taught and assessed concurrently with discipline specific knowledge and skills.

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 rocks by observing their physical properties, including the presence of rock forming minerals, in order to assess the rock's probable means of formation.

Activities:
Students work in small groups in laboratory sessions and individually produce practical reports where writing and content are assessed. Students will complete an open book practical exam and short tests during practical sessions.

02. Observe and describe geological features in the field to interpret the distribution of rocks and geological structures, and/or paleo-environments of rock bodies.

Activities:
Excursion report will be completed in the field consisting of labelled sketches and written responses using observations made.

03. Recall stages in the development of the Earth and relate these to relative and absolute time scales.

Activities:
Concepts and knowledge will be assessed in a final exam where written responses to short answer or essay questions will be assessed.

04. Recall how natural processes interact with the Earth's surface and apply this understanding to explain the differences between the Earth's various environments.

Activities:
Concepts and knowledge will be assessed in a final exam where written responses to short answer or essay questions will be assessed.

05. Use recorded geological structural data and maps to analyse the geological development and history of a locality and interpret both the surface and the underground geological structures.

Activities:
Concepts and knowledge will be assessed in laboratory reports and a final exam.

06. Relate the Theory of Plate Tectonics to processes that result in the formations of rocks, minerals and structures within the Earth's lithosphere.

Activities:
Concepts and knowledge will be assessed in a final exam where extended written responses to short answer questions or essays will be required.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2016, 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*
Practical exercises20 01, 05
one 1.5-hour practical examination20 01, 05
one 2-hour theory examination40 03, 06, 05, 04
excursion report20 01, 02, 05

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

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*
Practical exercises20 01, 05
one 1.5-hour practical examination20 01, 05
one 2-hour theory examination40 03, 06, 05, 04
excursion report20 01, 02, 05