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Planet Earth is our home planet. It is the Goldilocks planet and the only one in our solar system that is habitable. In our lectures, we will explore our planet in time and space. Together we will examine the processes that drive our planet and reveal its restless and interactive nature: from its deep internal structure to the familiar outer surface. We will climb mountains and plunge into the deepest oceans to reveal what shapes our world. In the practicals, you will learn to read rocks and their colourful patterns on maps. You will discover for yourself the secrets hidden in minerals and the wonders of the past held in a grain of sand. You will see the landscape with new eyes and be challenged to apply your skills in the real world outside of the classroom. KEA101 is a required unit in the Earth Sciences major, and prerequisite for the study of Earth Science units at second year level.
|Unit name||Planet Earth|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Clare Miller|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain scientific theories relevant to the internal and external workings of planet Earth
- Explain how Earth processes interact in time and space to form the world around us
- Use established classification schemes to identify common rocks, minerals and geological structures as a basis for geoscientific investigations.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
On campus students:
1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 weeks), 3-hr lab weekly (12 weeks), fieldwork – one 3 hr and one 6 hr field excursion in Hobart
Off campus students:
1 x 1-hr online tutorial (13 weeks), 3-hr lab weekly (12 weeks) – self-directed learning with online assistance available during weekly scheduled practical timeslots, fieldwork – one 3 hr and one 6 hr virtual field excursion (with optional in-person attendance available either in Hobart or Launceston)
For all students - lectures will be available online.
|Assessment||Weekly online quizzes (10%)|Practical tests (10%)|Final Exam (45%)|Practicals (25%)|Excursion (10%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Marshak, Stephen. EARTH, Portrait of a Planet. 6th Edition. Wiley Press.
Laboratory Manual for KEA101
Grotzinger JP & Jordan TH., 2014, Understanding Earth, 7th Edition
Monroe J.S and Wicander R., 2013, The Changing Earth – Exploring Geology and Evolution (earlier editions)
Lisle, R, J., Brabham, P., and Barnes J., 2011 Basic Geological Mapping (5th ed): John Wiley & Sons, 217 p
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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