Courses & Units

Planet Earth KEA101


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
Unit code KEA101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Clare Miller
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010703 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

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.

AssessmentWeekly online quizzes (10%)|Practical tests (10%)|Final Exam (45%)|Practicals (25%)|Excursion (10%)
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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 

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