Courses & Units

Earth, Climate and Life KGA204


Note:  Lectures are delivered remotely to Launceston.  Practical sessions are held in both Launceston and Hobart.


The physical and living aspects of the global environment interact to produce the extraordinary variety of landscapes, environments and species that occupy this planet. This unit highlights the interplay and conservation of these processes so that they continue to maintain Earth's ecosystems and inspire future generations. Earth, Climate and Life extends prior learning on (a) the influence of earthquakes, rivers, oceans, ice and wind on erosion and the movement of materials; (b) weather and climate processes and interactions at all scales, including the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans; and (c) the origins and distribution of life, including life in air, water and soil, and the nature and role of interactions among species. These topics are integrated across various time and space scales, emphasising biomes with Australian and Southern Hemisphere examples, and will help students understand reasons for the distribution of landforms and plant and animal species. The unit prepares students for a number of third year offerings in the School, and furnishes a number of key skills in demand among employers, including field data collection, analysis and presentation.


Unit name Earth, Climate and Life
Unit code KGA204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr M McHenry

Teaching staff

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


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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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