EART1104 Discovering Earth

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 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 1 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of basic geological processes and relationships at global to local scale including how this knowledge can be applied to issues of relevance to Western Australia; (2) identify and interpret common minerals, rocks, fossils and tectonic structures in the laboratory and in the field and interpret their formation; and (3) communicate scientific observations and interpretations in appropriate graphic, written and/or oral forms.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) web quizzes and assessed practicals; (2) assessed practical exercises including field-based work; and (3) final 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)
Dr Daniel Peyrot
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week from week 2; field courses: 2 x 1-day after week 2
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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