Courses & Units

Earth, Climate and Life KGA204

Hobart, Launceston



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 space scales, emphasising distinctive biomes including island places, and will help students understand reasons for the variety in attributes of landforms and plant and animal species. The unit prepares students for a number of third year units in the School, 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
Unit code KGA204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Joanna Ellison

Teaching staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010700 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KGA209


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lectures weekly, 10 x 2-hr practicals, compulsory 1-day field trip on a weekend


2-hr exam (40%), on-line reports from 10 practical tasks (40%), field trip report (20%)

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Christopherson, R.W. (2015) Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, 9th Edition.

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