GEOLOGY 1300 - Extra-Terrestrial Geoscience

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2023

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?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy McGee

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    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.

    1,5,6

    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.

    1,6

    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.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    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.

    4

    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.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    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.

    1,6
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Suggested textbook:
    MCSWEEN, H., MOERSCH, J., BURR, D., DUNNE, W., EMERY, J., KAH, L. AND MCCANTA, M. Planetary Geoscience. 2019. Cambridge University Press.
    Online Learning
    Additional 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 Modes
    The 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.
    Workload

    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.

    Workshop-style lectures:
    3 hours contact time per day, 1-2 hours preparation and reading non-contact time

    Practicals:
    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 Summary
    The 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
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 Detail
    Practical 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.
    Submission
    Submission 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
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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