|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the processes governing the geological evolution of the Earth. This will be achieved via the lecture series, practical sessions and a four-day field trip, providing hands-on and theoretical investigations employing Victoria’s geology.
Initial topics covered in this subject include minerals, rocks and fossils.
The subject continues on to cover the topics of structural, metamorphic and economic aspects of our regional geology.
These studies are integrated with field case studies, during a four day field trip to collect fossils, rocks and minerals that are used to interpret the geological evolution of the region.
On completion of this subject, students should understand and be able to identify the basic components that make up planet Earth; comprehend the diversity of the rock-forming minerals, the processes by which rocks form and evolve; the use of structural geology in interpreting the relationships between rock units in time and space; the contribution of palæontology to the study of evolution; and climate change over geological time. Students should appreciate the contribution of geology to the interpretation of the history of planet Earth.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject builds upon the theoretical big picture approach of ERTH10001 The Global Environment. It provides greater depth to many of the topics introduced in ERTH10001 The Global Environment using geological studies to a gain an understanding of the evolution of the Melbourne and Victorian environment.
On completion of this subject students should appreciate how different types of data, samples and observations are integrated to interpret Earth processes. Students should also have begun to develop practical skills in the acquisition of data in the field and laboratory, essential to unravelling such processes.
On completion of this subject students should be able to apply their discipline knowledge to issues of public debate. These include the ozone hole, the greenhouse effect and sea level rise. The subject will provide experience in presenting technical topics in written form, a skill that is useful in later work. Students will also participate in some simple collaborative projects that will enable them to develop skills for the design and completion of technical experiments. Other generic skills acquired in this subject include learning how to sharpen observation skills and how to grapple with unravelling complex processes.
Eligibility and requirements
Recommended background knowledge
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|EVSC10001||The Global Environment||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Assessment of practical class exercises (10%);
- a mid-semester 2-hour practical examination (25%);
- field exercises during the mid-semester field trip (40%);
- a 1-hour written examination held in final teaching week (25%).
A pass in the practical and fieldwork components is necessary to pass the subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Anne-marie Tosolini Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 3 x one hour lectures per week for eight weeks; 1 x three hour practical class per week for eight weeks; 4 days of field excursion during the mid-semester recess Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017 Census date 31 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 17 November 2017
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
To be advised
Recommended texts and other resources
"Earth's Dynamic Systems", Web Edition, Hamblin and Christiansen (available online)
"Understanding Earth", 6th Edition, Grotzinger and Jordan
Special Requirements: Students should consult the Earth Sciences web site for field trip dates, charges for excursions, accommodation and food, and other information including safety and behaviour requirements: http://www.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/field-trips
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
Previously known as 625-104 The Earth, Atmosphere and Oceans (prior to 2010)
Related breadth tracks
This subject is available as breadth in the following courses: