GEOLOGY 1300 - Extra-Terrestrial Geoscience
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 1300 Course Extra-Terrestrial Geoscience Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Short course, two weeks, 7 hours per day Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description Planet Earth has until recently been a geologist's natural laboratory, and with increasing space exploration and new technologies geologists have new laboratories to study: New and exciting other worlds. This course provides an opportunity to use the skills of a geologist to observe and understand these other worlds, how did they form and how have they evolved through time? This course will introduce students to the geophysical, geochemical, geochronological and stratigraphic datasets used by geologists to understand internal and surface processes of different planets. Do these planets have water? Can they support life?
Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy McGee
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate proficiency in practical skills relevant to an introductory geology course
2. Describe the formation, development and structure of the solar system and the bodies within it and beyond
3. Outline and describe the formation and physical properties of minerals and rocks and use that knowledge to identify them
4. Describe a planet’s internal and external systems and their intimate links, including plate tectonics, volcanoes, magnetic fields, surface processes, atmospheres and the development of life or possible life
5. Recognise that both episodic short-time events and long-time scale events have shaped what we observe todayin our solar system and beyond
6. Use information learned in class and develop observation skills to be able to recognize the various geological features and materials a planet is constructed from
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Recommended ResourcesSuggested textbook:
MCSWEEN, H., MOERSCH, J., BURR, D., DUNNE, W., EMERY, J., KAH, L. AND MCCANTA, M. Planetary Geoscience. 2019. Cambridge University Press.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through the online course webpage, MyUni(Canvas). MyUni(Canvas) is the primary form of communication with students in the course and hence students should regularly check the website for important course-related
announcements. Teaching materials, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of:
- Workshop-style theory classes Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm, for the duration of the course
- Practical classes each afternoon of the course, from 1pm to 4pm. Some of the activties may be off-campus during the practical session.
- An online exam taken on-campus on the final afternoon of the course.
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, which is taken intensively over two weeks should expect to spend on average 8-9 hours a day including contact and non contact time. This does not include revision time for the final exam.
3 hours contact time per day, 1-2 hours preparation and reading non-contact time
3 hours contact time per day, 1 hour preparation, reading non-contact time
Assessments will be completed during the practicals and handed in at the end of the session.
Learning Activities SummaryThe following is a brief course outline (subject to change. Off-campus activities may be held on varying days)
Day 1: Introduction to this course, and how do we know what we know? The tools of planetary geoscience
Day 2: Element origins, and the formation of our solar system. A brief tour of our Solar System. Visit to the UniSA Planetarium.
Day 3: An overview of plate tectonics. Do other planets show evidence of plate tectonics?
Day 4: Forming planetary crusts and cores
Day 5: Extra-Terrestrial volcanism
Day 6: Atmospheres and Oceans: Recognising types of atmospheres, formation and evolution of atmospheres and oceans
Day 7: Surface Processes on a Planet: Water storage and movement, landforms, weathering and erosion
Day 8: A Habitable Planet: Geologic time, life of Earth and astrobiology. Life off Earth and space resources.
Day 9: Planet case studies.
Day 10: Morning free for revision, afternoon exam
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total Due Practical test 1 Formative/Summative 5% End of day 2 Practical test 2 Formative/Summative 15% End of day 4 Practical test 3 Formative/Summative 10% End of day 5 Practical test 4 Formative/Summative 10% End of day 8 Final exam Summative 40% End of day 10 Written assignment Formative/Summative 20% One week after course finishes
Assessment DetailPractical Test 1 (5%) This online quiz will cover content from practical tasks on days 1 and 2 related to the theory presented to them in the previous workshops and practical sessions. It is open book and uses a combination of matching, multiple choice and true/false questions.
Practical Test 2 (15%) This task involves creating a geological map and history based on in-practical teaching, which is handed in at the end of the session for marking. Students will have the opportunity to work together and with staff and demonstrators to reach their best outcome
Practical Test 3 (10%) This online quiz will cover content from practical tasks on days 3 and 5. It is open book and uses a combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.
Practical Test 4 (10%) This online quiz will cover content from practical tasks on days 6, 7 and 8 related to the theory presented in the previous workshops and practical sessions. It is open book and uses a combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.
In-Class Online Exam (40%): Students will undertake a final 1.5 hour theory exam testing their knowledge of the subject in the final class of the short course. It will consist of a series of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions. The exam will be completed online, on campus and is modified closed book (one double-sided A4 hand-written sheet of notes is allowed, which must be submitted with the examination)
Written assignment (20%): Students will collectively add to a table of data throughout the course during specified discussion times, which will then be written up as an individual 1 page report or fact sheet to be handed in online one week after the final exam.
SubmissionSubmission of the practicals tests 1, 3 and 4 are online via MyUni quizzes
Submission of the practical test 2 is a map done on paper, handed in at the end of the practical session
The final exam is online, on campus
The written assignment is handed in online via Turnitin
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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