Courses & Units

Earth, Climate and Life KGA507


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 and alpine places, and will help students understand reasons for the variety in attributes of landforms and plant and animal species. The unit 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 KGA507
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
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

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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key concepts in physical geography to inform environmental decision-making
  • Solve environmental problems using physical geography approaches and methodologies
  • Propose environmental management strategies to improve landscape integrity and function
  • Disseminate data and findings to a range of audiences using quantitative and spatial geographic techniques

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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AssessmentTest (40%)|Field Notes (5%)|Plan (10%)|Workshop (10%)|Position Paper (35%)
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