GEOL110 Our Blue Planet

Updated: 23 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
01 May 2019 04 May 2019 Non-Mandatory Trimester 1 - Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school are required to complete the assignment on Rocks and Minerals in place of the laboratory work and excursion reports. Trimester 3 - no Intensive School therefore students are required to complete the assignment on Rocks and Minerals in place of the laboratory work and excursion reports.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEOL101
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Luke Milan (lmilan@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This is a broad introductory unit covering how our planet works, what it is made up of, and why. Topics are focussed on solid earth include the gross structure of planet Earth, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, geological time, history of life on Earth, and the materials that make up Earth's crust and the processes that operate to form these materials. The unit also covers how life, water, soil and environmental issues are influenced by geology, and importantly why and how geology gives context to them. This unit is recommended for all scientists including, geology; environmental science; geographers; natural resources; agriculture; archaeology; biology; and anyone whom is seeking an understanding of our blue planet.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Shrink Wrapped Package(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Earth: Portrait of a Planet 6th edition and Geotours Workbook 2nd edition set

ISBN: 9780393699388
Marshak, S., Wiley 6th ed. 2018

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 40% Online 1500
Assessment Notes

Rock and Mineral Summary. (To be completed by all online students who elect not to attend the non-mandatory intensive school)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 5

Compulsory Essay 30% On Campus and Online 1200
Assessment Notes

Essay. (To be completed by all students)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4, 5

Compulsory Online Assessment 30% On Campus and Online
Assessment Notes

5 x online quizzes

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 4

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Report 40% On Campus and Online 1500
Assessment Notes

Field trip exercises and practical assessment. (To be completed by all on-campus students and online students who attend the intensive school)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply basic scientific methods in a geological context in order to demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
  2. identify and describe common minerals and rocks and understand how they formed in order to demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
  3. observe, analyse, understand and interpret common geological features in the landscape;
  4. demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of fundamental Earth processes such as tectonics; and
  5. transmit information concerning the subject to others using written or verbal forms.