Courses & Units

Understanding Earth Systems KEA101


This unit introduces you to the world beneath your feet, and to the record of the way the Earth has changed from its very conception.  We begin and end with the Earth's place in the Universe and Solar System, including a comparison to the geology of other planets. In the bulk of the unit we focus on the nature of the Earth: its minerals, its rocks, its internal layering. This then provides a vital basis for an introduction to the vast processes that drive our planet, from the mysteries of the sources of volcanoes, to the forces involved in the formation of mountain belts, to the dynamic processes that sustain our planet's biosphere.  The lecture material will deliver you theoretical knowledge, whereas you will gain first-hand experience of recognising minerals and different rock types in our practical sessions. You will also experience geology in the field, and be introduced to methods of visualising the three dimensional shapes of the geological world.


Unit name Understanding Earth Systems
Unit code KEA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Garry Davidson

Teaching staff

Dr Martin Jutzeler

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


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Teaching Pattern

3xl-hr lecture, 1x3-hr lab weekly (13 wks), 1 day of excursions


Practical exam(s) (10%), field skills (10%), 1x2-hr exam in June (50%), continuous assessment (20%), regular multiple choice assessment (10%)

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