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Hobart, Launceston


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This unit is taught in a blended style with material delivered both face to face and online, and is available to distance students who will complete three intensive weekends of practicals and excursions in Tasmania during weeks 4, 8 and 12 of the semester.

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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Planet Earth
Unit code KEA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Clare Miller

Teaching staff

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



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Learning Outcomes


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.



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Teaching Pattern

Hobart-on campus students:

1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly (12 weeks), 3-hr lab weekly (13 weeks), 1 day excursion

Launceston and other students:

1 x 1-hr online tutorial weekly (12 weeks), 3 weekends of labs (weeks 4-8-12), 1 day excursion.

For all students - lectures will be available online.


ATT1 Final 2-hr theory exam (45%)

ATT2 Regular quizzes (10%)

ATT3 Two practical test(s) (10%)

ATT4 Practical assessment (25%)

ATT5 Field skills (10%)

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