Courses & Units

Earth Resources, Environments and 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 on the surface of the Earth and is suitable for general science and arts students with an interest in the geological sciences. It introduces the nature and origin of Earth resources that fuel our civilisation; brings geoscience into the context of our environment, encompassing issues such as mining, groundwater and natural hazards; delves back through the layers of time, examining fossils and rocks to uncover the evolution of life on Earth; and provides a summary of Tasmanian geology. There are substantial practical sessions devoted to ancient life, identifying and interpreting ore minerals, understanding groundwater flow, and introducing hydrocarbon exploration methods, as well as a half day excursion to evaluate Hobart geological hazards. A one day fieldtrip (on a weekend) will introduce students to aspects of ore geology, igneous intrusions, and the sedimentary rock patterns that are seen before and during a global mass extinction event.


Unit name Earth Resources, Environments and 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

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010703

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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.


1x2 hour theory exam in Nov (45%), periodical quizzes (5%); practicals: continuous assessment (20%), practical exam in Oct (15%);1 excursion by field test (10%), virtual excursion assignment (5%)

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