EART2231 Earth Materials

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
Earth's surface is made up of a variety of rocks and sediments. The composition and location of these materials provide important information about the geological processes operating at and below the surface as part of the Earth system. In this unit, emphasis is placed on linking observations about Earth materials to understanding their processes of formation through practical work. The role of large-scale tectonic and climatic controls, and relevance to society of understanding processes that control the formation and composition of common Earth materials, are also explored.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the processes associated with the formation of common Earth materials at or near Earth's surface; (2) make reliable and thorough observations about the composition and features of common igneous and sedimentary materials; (3) combine their observations with conceptual knowledge to interpret process of formation; and (4) demonstrate scientific skills in recording and presenting reasoned interpretations.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises; (2) a practical examination; and (3) a theory examination. 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)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Advisable prior study:
any CHEM (Chemistry) unit
or
WACE Chemistry
or
TEE Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week (from week 1)
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