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Unit Overview


The objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of fundamental geological concepts and processes. The unit focuses on geological processes that result in the formation of important Earth materials and resources, and learning key concepts and skills that are applied to understanding how Earth's geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans have evolved through time to present day environments, and which will continue to evolve in the future.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Geology; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Geochemistry; Mining Engineering major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Social and Environmental Sustainability major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of basic geological processes and relationships at global to local scales; (2) make key observations and analyse geoscientific data to investigate geological processes and materials; and (3) effectively communicate ideas and concepts about Earth System science to various audiences in written and/or oral formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) web quizzes and practical assessments; (2) written reports; and (3) exercises related to field excursion. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Myra Keep
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
Contact hours
52 hours
An interactive
e-textbook is
provided 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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.