Junior Units of Study

Semester 1

GEOS 1001 Earth, Environment and Society
GEOS 1901 Earth, Environment and Society Advanced

Semester 2

GEOS 1002 Introductory Geography
GEOS 1902 Introductory Geography Advanced
GEOS 1003 Introduction to Geology
GEOS 1903 Introduction to Geology Advanced
GEOL 1501 Engineering Geology 1

Students are encouraged to commence their studies of Geography, Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Studies or Marine Science by enrolling in GEOS 1001 (Earth, Environment and Society). This Unit of Study provides an overarching introduction to issues and themes taught across the School of Geosciences. In the second (July) semester, Geography students should enroll in GEOS 1002 (Introduction to Geography); Geology & Geophysics students need to enroll in GEOS 1003 (Introduction to Geology). Entry into any of these units of study does not require any prior knowledge.

Students please note: The prerequisite Unit of Study for entry into the Intermediate core Geology Unit of Study, GEOS 2114 Volcanoes, Hot Rocks and Minerals is GEOS 1003. It is recommended however, that students take both GEOS 1001 and GEOS 1003 if they wish to enrol in Intermediate Geology Units of Study.

Advanced Units of Study
Advanced units have the same objectives as the standard unit and are suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance to date. Students that elect to take these units will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives. These units may be taken as part of the BSc (Advanced).

Semester 1


GEOS1001 Earth, Environment & Society

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Jo Gillespie
Teachers: Prof Jonathan Aitchison, Assoc Prof Bill Pritchard, Assoc Prof Jody Webster
Session: Semester 1
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 2 hour practical per week.
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, 2000 word essay, field and prac reports (100%)

This is the gateway unit of study for Human Geography, Physical Geography and Geology. Its objective is to introduce the big questions relating to the origins and current state of the planet: climate change, environment, landscape formation, and the growth of the human population. During the semester you will be introduced to knowledge, theories and debates about how the world's physical and human systems operate. The first module investigates the system of global environmental change, specifically addressing climate variability and human impacts on the natural environment. The second module presents Earth as an evolving and dynamic planet, investigating how changes take place, the rate at which they occur and how they have the potential to dramatically affect the way we live. Finally, the third module, focuses on human-induced challenges to Earth's future. This part of the unit critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments, with central consideration to debates on population change and resource use.




GEOS1901 Earth, Environment & Society Advanced

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Jo Gillespie
Teachers: Prof Jonathan Aitchison, Assoc Prof Bill Pritchard, Assoc Prof Jody Webster
Session: Semester 1
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 2 hour practical per week. Prerequisites: An ATAR above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, 2000 word essay, field and prac reports (100%)

Note: Special permission required for enrolment. Complete a Special Permission Form and hand in to the School of Geosciences Office for assessment.

Advanced students will complete the same core lecture material as for GEOS1001, but will be required to carry out more challenging practical assignments.

Semester 2


GEOS1002 Introduction to Geography

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Dan Penny
Teachers: Assoc Prof Dale Dominey-Howes, Assoc Prof Kurt Iveson
Session: Semester 2 Classes: One 2 hour lecture per week and eight 2 hour practicals during semester.
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, one 2000 word essay, two online quizzes (100%)

This Unit of Study provides a geographical perspective on the ways in which people interact with each other and the physical world, focussing on the processes that generate spatial variation and difference. This Unit will consider the development and characteristics of natural environments across the globe, and will explore how these environments both constrain, and are influenced by, humans. Therefore, the Unit of Study will consider the political, economic, cultural and urban geographies that shape contemporary global society. Each of these themes will be discussed with reference to key examples (such as Hurricane Katrina, the Earthquake in Haiti/Dominican Republic, the conflict in Darfur, and sea-level rise in the Asia-Pacific), in order to consider the ways in which the various processes (both physical and human) interact. The Unit of Study will also include a short field trip to localities surrounding the University to observe processes of spatial change and conflict. The Unit of Study is designed to attract and interest students who wish to pursue geography as a major within their undergraduate degree, but also has relevance to students who wish to consider the way geographers understand the contemporary world.


GEOS1902 Introduction to Geography Advanced

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Dr Dan Penny
Teachers: Assoc Prof Dale Dominey-Howes, Assoc Prof Kurt Iveson
Session: Semester 2
Classes: One 2 hour lecture per week and 8 2 hour practicals per semester, plus independent group work. Prerequisites: An ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, one 1000 word essay, two online quizzes, one practical report (100%)

Note: Note: Special permission required for enrolment. Complete a Special Permission Form and hand in to the School of Geosciences Office for assessment.

Advanced students will complete the same core lecture material as for GEOS1002, but will be required to carry out more challenging practical assignments.


GEOS1003 Introduction to Geology

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Assoc Prof Tom Hubble
Teacher: Prof Geoff Clarke
Session: Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour practical per week.
Prohibitions: GEOL1501
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, practical reports, field report (100%)

The aim of this unit of study is to examine the chemical and physical processes involved in mineral formation, the interior of the Earth, surface features, sedimentary environments, volcanoes, and metamorphism. Lectures and laboratory sessions on mountain building processes and the formation of mineral deposits will lead to an understanding of the forces controlling the geology of our planet. Processes such as weathering, erosion and nature of sedimentary environments are related to the origin of the Australian landscape. In addition to laboratory classes there is a one-day excursion to the western Blue Mountains and Lithgow to examine geological objects in their setting.

Textbooks: The recommended text is Stephen Marshak, Earth: Portrait of a Planet. W. W. Norton & Company (2007) - Paperback - 832 pages - ISBN 039393036X

View the GEOS 1003/1903 course outline


GEOS1903 Introduction to Geology Advanced

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Assoc Prof Tom Hubble
Teachers: Prof Geoff Clarke
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour practical per week.
Prerequisites: Departmental permission is required for enrolment. A UAI (or ATAR equivalent) above 93 is normally required for admission. This requirement may be varied and students should consult the unit of study coordinator.
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, practical reports, field report (100%)

Note: Special permission required for enrolment. Complete a Special Permission Form and hand in to the School of Geosciences Office for assessment.

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS1003 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their ATAR or UAI and/or their university performance at the time of enrolment. Students that elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives. This unit may be taken as part of the BSc (Advanced).

Intermediate units of study:
Students are recommended to take GEOS2121/2921 and at least one of the following units of study:
BIOL2024/2924, GEOS2111/2911, GEOS2115/2915, GEOS2124/2924, GEOG2321, GOVT2228*, LWSC2002*
* Note GOVT2228 and LWSC2002 are not Table 1 units of study

View the GEOS 1003/1903 course outline


GEOL1501 - Engineering Geology 1

Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Assoc Prof Tom Hubble
Session: Semester 2
Classes: 39 hrs lectures, 26 hrs laboratory. Field excursions in the Sydney region, as appropriate.
Prohibitions: GEOL1002, GEOL1902, GEOS1003, GEOS1903
Assumed Knowledge: No previous knowledge of Geology assumed
Assessment: Practical laboratory work, assignment and a combined theory and practical exam (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

Course objectives: To introduce basic geology and the principles of site investigation to civil engineering students. Expected outcomes: Students should develop an appreciation of geologic processes as they influence civil engineering works, acquire knowledge of the most important rocks and minerals and be able to identify them, and interpret geological maps with an emphasis on making construction decisions. Syllabus summary: Geological concepts relevant to civil engineering and the building environment. Introduction to minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their occurrence, formation and significance. General introduction to physical geology and geomorphology, structural geology, plate tectonics, and hydrogeology. Associated laboratory work on minerals, rocks and mapping.

Textbooks
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