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Earth Evolution KEA102

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.

The unit provides a broad understanding of the dynamic processes that are active at and near the surface of the Earth and is suitable for general science and arts students with an interest in the geological sciences. KEA102 is a required unit in the Earth Sciences major, and prerequisite for the study of Earth Science units at second year level. The unit delves back through the layers of time, examining fossils and rocks to uncover the evolution of life on Earth. It investigates the nature and origin of Earth resources that fuel our civilisation. It brings geoscience into the context of our environment, encompassing issues such as mining, groundwater and natural hazards. Practical sessions are devoted to understanding ancient life, identifying ore minerals and understanding processes of ore formation, understanding environmental issues such as groundwater flow, and introducing hydrocarbon exploration methods. A short excursion explores some of Hobart's geological hazards. A one day field trip will reinforce aspects of ore geology and unravel the history recorded in sedimentary rocks spanning one of the greatest global mass extinction events.


Unit name Earth Evolution
Unit code KEA102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Rebecca Carey

Teaching staff

Prof David Cooke, Dr Karin Orth, Ms Isabella von Lichtan, Dr Evan Orovan and Dr Angela Escolme

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes


Outline major scientific theories and ideas on the geological and geobiological history of Earth


Identify fossils, rocks and minerals, including those associated with Earth resources and underpinning models of how metalliferous and some energy resources form and are discovered


Describe how human activities influence surface and near surface environments on Earth


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010703 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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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 - Field skill test (10%)

ATT2 - Final theory exam in Nov (45%)

ATT3- Ten online quizzes (15%)

ATT4 - Practical assessment (30%),

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