EART1105 The Dynamic Planet

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Geology; Marine Science major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Earth specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit focuses on the dynamic processes influencing Earth's surface environment. Several main themes are explored starting with an overarching introduction to Earth systems. The unit subsequently explores subsystems within the context of Earth's surface environment, for example, how plate tectonics interact with climate, sea level, landmasses and the biosphere. Investigations at both global and local scales emphasise how these subsystems are linked and how humans interact with, and are influenced by, these Earth processes. An understanding of dynamic Earth processes allows an informed evaluation of environmental issues that affect society and the biosphere at all levels.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the Earth System and its processes at a global scale now, in the past, and in the future; (2) appreciate that the global system has many component systems which are similarly complex, e.g. carbon cycle and the climate system; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the processes and forces that shape the surface of the Earth and result in continuous environmental changes; and (4) analyse environmental issues affecting humans, by understanding Earth systems and processes.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) web quizzes and e-tivities; (2) independent project; and (3) presentation project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mary Gee
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
Texts

An interactive e-textbook is provided through LMS as part of enrolment in this unit.

Grotzinger, J. and Jordan, T.  Understanding Earth, 7th edn:  W. H. Freeman & Co., 2014

 

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