Courses & Units

Earth's Surface KEA209




The unit is focused on developing skills which are required for understanding geological forces which shape Earth's surface, methods for mapping the geology of the surface and upper crust, and geological process which operate near the Earth's surface. This unit is aimed at students with a professional interest in the Earth. Lectures cover aspects of remote sensing, hydrogeology, structural geology, and metamorphism. Laboratory work includes an introduction to methods of structural analysis, metamorphic petrology, geological mapping and remote sensing including air photo interpretation. Field work in mid-term break gives students practical experience in mapping techniques.


Unit name Earth's Surface
Unit code KEA209
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Matt Cracknell

Teaching staff

Michael Roach, Rob Scott, Michael Baker and Sebastien Meffre

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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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

3 x 1-hr lectures and 1 x 3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester 2, plus 3 days of field and project work in the mid-Semester break


Practical exam and assessments (30%), mapping excursion (10%), 2-hr theory exam Nov (60%)

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