GEOLOGY 1103 - Earth Systems I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 1103 Course Earth Systems I Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week, plus field work Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course draws from all fields of geoscience to explore the evolution of Planet Earth. Topics include the evolution of the solar system and the solid earth, the concept of deep time; the Plate Tectonic theory, in which the Earth's plates are colliding, generating earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain belts; the evolution of Earth's atmosphere and oceans; the Earth's climate, including the Earth in space, hydrologic cycle, the carbon cycle and the 'greenhouse effect'; the development and future of our unique Australian landscape and resources.
Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Heinson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student in this course should be able to:
1. Understand how the Earth acts a dynamics ystem, and the concepts of geological time and space;
2. Describe the four components of Earth’s system: Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and Biosphere;
3. Understand the broad-scale structure of the Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and Biosphere, and their dynamic evolution;
4. Have knowledge of how episodic events change Earth over short time scales;
5. Have knowledge of how long-time scale events shape Earth;
6. Appreciate the time-scales of naturally occurring cycles;
7. Describe the impact of human activity on Earth;
8. Appreciate from field observations how Earth acts as a system;
9. Collate Earth Systems information to produce a web page project.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 8, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7, 8, 9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 8, 9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 7, 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-8
A free, on-line text book will be used:
- Blewett RS (ed.) 2012. Shaping a Nation: A Geology of Australia, Geoscience Australia and ANU E Press, Canberra. http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/shaping-a-nation/pdf-download
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course consists of three 50-minute lectures per week, three hours of practical work every second week and a one-day field excursion. The lectures are the source of most of the information assessed in tests and quizzes and required for practicals. Many subjects are covered in detail only once and most contain some element of specialized vocabulary or facts that are hard to reproduce by reading alone.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Week Type of learning activity Topic Week 1 Lecture Earth System Science Practical Lab 1 Earth Systems Science Tutorial or other activity Week 2 Lecture Lithosphere Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Week 3 Lecture Hydrosphere Practical Lab 2 Lithosphere Tutorial or other activity Week 4 Lecture LECTURE TEST 1
Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Week 5 Lecture Biosphere Practical Lab 3 Hydrosphere and Atmosphere Tutorial or other activity Week 6 Lecture Adelaide and Environment Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Week 7 Lecture LECTURE TEST 2 Practical Lab 5: Hallett Cove Tutorial or other activity Week 8 Lecture Geohazards Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Sellick’s Beach field trip Week 9 Lecture Weathering and Landscape Practical Lab 5: Geohazards Tutorial or other activity Week 10 Lecture Climate Change Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Week 11 Lecture Surface Processes Practical Lab 6: Climate Change Tutorial or other activity Week 12 Lecture Earth System Science Practical No Practical Tutorial or other activity Week 13* Lecture LECTURE TEST 3 Practical Tutorial or other activity
Specific Course Requirements
This course has a one-day field excursion to Sellicks beach.This trip is compulsory, but fortunately quite fun. There is no charge for transport. The trip will run from approximately 8 am to around 5pm; more details will be provided at the start of Semester 1.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcome being assessed Practical assessment of learning (follow up quizzes on practicals) Summative 20% No 1-8 Web-based project Summative 15% No 1,4,5,9 Field report Sellick’s Beach (or alternative assignment) Summative 5% No 1,3,4,5,6,8 Theory Tests (3 at 15%, 15% and 30%) Summative 60% No 1-8
Assessment Related Requirements
Practicals are compulsory. No practical may be made up if missed, unless on medical or compassionate grounds.
No test may be taken early or made up if missed, unless on medical or compassionate grounds.
To pass this course students must:
Students who attain a final course grade of at least 45% but do not attain a minimum of 40% for the exam may be offered an Additional Academic Exam during the Replacement/Additional Assessment period, in line with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.
- Attain a minimum of 40% for the exam:
Lecture (theory) tests: Test material comes primarily from lecture material, and secondarily from assigned reading. Students may be tested on material that is not in the lecture material, but will be explicitly told what to read. The tests will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short-answer and long-answer questions. The first two tests will be for 40 minutes; the last test for 50 minutes.
Practical work: Students are enrolled in a particular practical session, and are expected to attend that session. The assessment will follow as a MyUni on-line quiz or short answer exercises based on understanding gained during the practicals. Four (of the five) will be assessed, each is worth 5%.
Web-based assignment: The MyUni-based group assignment will be in lieu of lecture and practical sessions in week 8. The assignment will be on Earth System processes, and will require background research in groups, and development of on-line content. The content will be marked against criteria that will be clearly given to the students.
Submission of Assigned Work
Practical work is submitted at the end of each practical session. There are no extensions for the practical work as it is to be accomplished during the practical period, and the practicals themselves are a mandatory and non-redeemable part of the course. Practicals will be marked and returned or answer keys posted within three weeks of each session.
The web-based assignment is to be submitted by the due date. There is no late submission or extension possible, unless you make an application on the basis of medical or compassionate grounds.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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