Courses & Units

Earth, Climate and Life KGA204



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
Unit code KGA204
Credit points 12.5
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
Level Intermediate


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010700 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

All students:

1 hour recorded lecture content; 1 hour online discussion per week

Face-to-face students:

1 long-day field trip

6 * 3 hr practical on-campus workshops

Online students:

1 long-day virtual field trip workshop

6 * 3 hr online workshops

AssessmentOnline Test (40%)|Report (35%)|Practical work attendance (10%)|Field Trip Notes (5%)|Data analysis plan (10%)
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