Courses & Units

Earth, Climate and Life KGA204

Hobart, Launceston

Note:

Note:  Lectures are delivered remotely to Launceston.  Practical sessions are held in both Launceston and Hobart.

Introduction

The physical and living aspects of the global environment interact to produce the extraordinary variety of landscapes, environments and species that occupy this planet. This unit highlights the interplay and conservation of these processes so that they continue to maintain Earth's ecosystems and inspire future generations. Earth, Climate and Life extends prior learning on (a) the influence of earthquakes, rivers, oceans, ice and wind on erosion and the movement of materials; (b) weather and climate processes and interactions at all scales, including the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans; and (c) the origins and distribution of life, including life in air, water and soil, and the nature and role of interactions among species. These topics are integrated across various time and space scales, emphasising biomes with Australian and Southern Hemisphere examples, and will help students understand reasons for the distribution of landforms and plant and animal species. The unit prepares students for a number of third year offerings in the School, and furnishes a number of key skills in demand among employers, including field data collection, analysis and presentation.

Summary

Unit name Earth, Climate and Life
Unit code KGA204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Geography and Spatial Science
Coordinator Dr M McHenry
Teaching staff

Dr M McHenry, Dr PB McQuillan

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KGA209

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lectures weekly, 10 x 2-hr practicals, compulsory 1-day field trip

Assessment

2-hr exam (40%), on-line reports of 10 practical tasks (40%), field trip report (20%)

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Textbooks

RequiredNone
RecommendedChristopherson, R.W. (2015) Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 9th Edition.
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