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 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 student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Use evidence-based research to explain key concepts in physical geography;
- Apply physical geography approaches and methodologies to a range of environmental scenarios;
- Explain the relationships between earth, climate and life systems;
- Use quantitative and spatial geographic techniques to communicate data and findings to a range of audiences
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
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PrerequisitesKGA171 AND KGA172
1 hour recorded lecture content; 1 hour online discussion per week
1 long-day field trip
6 * 3 hr practical on-campus workshops
1 long-day virtual field trip workshop
6 * 3 hr online workshops
|Assessment||Online Test (40%)|Report (35%)|Field Trip Notes (5%)|Practical work attendance (10%)|Data analysis 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.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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