The physical and living aspects of the global environment interact to produce the extraordinary variety of landscapes, ecosystems and species that occupy this planet. This unit highlights the interplay and conservation of controlling processes so that they continue to maintain Earth's ecosystems and inspire future generations. Earth, Climate and Life develops intermediate understanding of factors controlling geomorphological distinctiveness of earth surface features, weather and climate processes from global to local scales, and distributions and habitats of plants and animals and how they interact within ecosystems. These topics are integrated across various time and spatial scales, emphasising distinctive biomes including island places, and will help students understand reasons for variety in the attributes of landforms and plant and animal species. The unit prepares students for several third year units in physical geography, and develops key skills in demand among employers, including analysis of multiple factors that may be in operation, and presentation of convincing reports.
|Unit name||Earth, Climate and Life|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Joanna Ellison|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain key concepts in physical geography and apply them to distinctive natural places;
- Apply physical geography approaches and methodologies to a range of environmental settings;
- Explain the relationships between earth, climate and life systems;
- Communicate with discipline-specific terminology and approaches to a range of audiences.
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PrerequisitesKGA171 OR KGA172 OR 25 credit points at Introductory level or higher from environmental science, earth science, climate science or ecology.
1 hours recorded lectures each week, 1 hour online discussion each week
Project: including reconnaissance, hypothesis forming, data collection, data analysis and reporting findings (45 hours)
1 day-long field trip
6 * 2 to 3 hour on-campus workshops (some include outside fieldwork)
1 day-long virtual field trip
6 * 2 hour online workshops
|Assessment||Online Test (40%)|AT4 Project report (35%)|AT1 Workshop quizzes (10%)|AT2 Project reconnaissance report and hypothesis (5%)|AT3 Project plan (10%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
Christopherson, R.H. & Birkeland G.H. (2015). Geosystems. Pearson. 9th Edition.
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