GEOS4413 Environmental Geoscience

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Environmental Science; Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Earth's surface and near-surface environments are dynamic and sometimes fragile systems, characterised by complex interactions of physical, chemical and biological processes. Critically, people also inhabit this domain, and impact on natural systems through the exploitation of resources such as groundwater and soils, and the modification of environments through imposition of the physical and chemical consequences of our lifestyles and economic activities. Geoscience knowledge is fundamental to understanding how these surface environments operate, how we influence our environment and are, in turn, impacted upon by natural processes and resource limitations, how surface environments have operated over the last two to three million years, and critically, how they may change in the future.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of both key scientific concepts concerning surface and near-surface environments and the geological processes operating in these settings and (2) apply geoscientific knowledge and practical skills to the characterisation of environmental systems, the resolution of problems related to environmental management, and/or the prediction of future behaviour in such systems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory work and practical exercises and (2) a project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Andrew Rate
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
a Geology major
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 5 x 2-day blocks; ongoing work due up to 10 weeks after the teaching block
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