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Geoscience is the scientific study of the Earth and the complex processes that have shaped our planet. Interactions between the rocks, water, climate and life are recorded in the rock record over the Earth’s 4.6 billion year history. Geoscience is a key part of our everyday life, not only because it solves real world problems, but because our rocky environment forms many wonders of the world we live in. This subject will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the processes controlling the geological and environmental evolution of Planet Earth. Experience a three-day field trip that provides hands-on and employment-focused investigations of Victoria’s geology and physical environment.
We will explore the origin of Earth as a planet within the Solar System. We will study the formation of Earth’s layers and the dynamic processes that cause earthquakes and volcanoes and their impacts. The evolution of Earth’s continents, oceans and mountain belts and their changes through geological time will be revealed. Fossils will be studied that provide evidence for the origin and evolution of life, including radiations and mass extinctions. By studying Earth surface processes, we will delve into past landscapes, ecosystems and climate variability. The study of Earth’s past climate is key to better predict future climate change. We aim to understand the geological mechanisms that regulate the long-term climate system.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- describe the rocky planets of the Solar System, the Earth and its modern physical environment.
- describe the minerals and rocks that comprise the Earth, the processes of rock formation, rock structures and deformation processes.
- describe fossils and explain past evolution of life, environments and climates.
- apply and integrate different types of data, samples and observations to interpret Earth processes.
- develop practical skills in the acquisition of data in the field and laboratory, essential to explaining Earth processes.
- develop skills in the field and explain the evolution of the Melbourne, Victorian and Australian geological history and environment.
On completion of this subject students should have obtained the following generic skills:
- Time-Management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments
- Critical Thinking: organise observations of complex systems occurring in the Earth and analyse within different frameworks
- Problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies
- Scientific skills: to design and test hypotheses
Last updated: 1 March 2024