Our Blue Planet
Get a grounding in geology and geography with this broad introduction to the inner workings of our planet. Suitable for anyone looking to understand more about Earth, this subject provides a good basis for further study in the natural sciences.
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Online & on-campus
- 28 Feb 2022
- 24 Oct 2022
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- apply basic scientific methods in a geological context in order to demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
- identify and describe common minerals and rocks and understand how they formed in order to demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
- observe, analyse, understand and interpret common geological features in the landscape;
- demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of fundamental Earth processes such as tectonics; and
- transmit information concerning the subject to others using written or verbal forms.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
No eligibility requirements
- Equipment requirements - • Headphones or speakers ( required to listen to lecture and other media provided in units, a USB style headset has proven to provide superior audio quality to the jack style headset when used for online teaching software) • Headset, including microphone (highly recommended for participation in virtual classrooms) • Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
- Software requirements - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component.
- Travel requirements - Travel may be required if students choose to attend the Non-Mandatory Intensive School. In 2020 the Non-Mandatory Intensive school will be held April 22-25 at the Armidale campus NSW. Students who do not attend the non-mandatory intensive school or study this subject in Trimester 3 are required to complete the assignment on Rocks and Minerals.
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Have you ever wanted to know how our planet came to be? From archaeology to agriculture, geography to biology, an understanding of our planet adds an invaluable dimension to your knowledge across many scientific disciplines. This subject offers you a broad introduction to important questions about how our planet works, what it is made up of, and why. With opportunities to delve into Earth’s life history, you will learn about the geological forces that have shaped life on earth, and the planet, as we know it today. You will build a foundation in the key principles of geology, learning about its influence on life, water, soil and environmental issues in a rapidly changing world. Exploring the solid earth through geological time and space, you will examine Earth’s gross structure, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, the materials that make up Earth’s crust and the processes by which these materials are formed.
Assignment: Rock and Mineral Summary. 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4 and 5 Essay: 1200 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 4 and 5 Online Assessment: 5 x online quizzes. Relates to Learning Outcomes 3 and 4 Practical: 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.
- Assignment - Rock and Mineral Summary (40%)
- Essay (30%)
- Online Assessment (30%)
- Practical (0%)
Current study term: 24 Oct 21 to 04 Feb 22
Earth: Portrait of a Planet 6th ed. and Geotours Workbook 2nd ed. Set
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 27 May 22
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.