Courses & Units

Earth Evolution KEA102

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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 Earth. There is a particular focus on Earth's recent history, contrasting natural vs. anthropogenic changes on Earth systems. The unit is then focused on sustainability- a global challenge of the United Nations. The unit investigates Earth resources that fuel our civilisation and provide critical metals for a net carbon zero future. 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Rebecca Carey
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online 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 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

On campus students:

2 hrs lectures weekly (asynchronous, prerecorded, 13 weeks), 1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 weeks), 3-hr lab weekly (13 weeks), 1 day excursion

Off campus students:

2 hrs lectures weekly (asynchronous, prerecorded, 13 weeks), 1 x 1-hr online tutorial weekly (13 weeks), 3-hr online lab weekly (13 weeks), virtual excursion


For all students - lectures will be available online.

AssessmentExcursion (10%)|Assessment Task 1: Online quizzes (15%)|Weekly practicals (35%)|Final exam (40%)
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