|Course||Planet Earth: Environmental Change in Australia - Past, Present and Future (GEOG100)|
|Course dates||25 June – 6 July 2018|
|Lecturer(s)||Dr Duncan Cook|
|Form(s) of teaching||Face-face teaching and field work|
|Form(s) of assessment||Group presentation, assessments and class exam|
|ACU credit points||10|
|Contact hours||34 hours (class teaching and fieldwork)|
This unit provides an introduction to the landforms, vegetation and climate characteristics of the surface of the Earth as a foundation for more advanced study in Geography. It explains present patterns and the processes responsible for the evolution of landforms (geomorphology), soil, biota and climate through an understanding of past environments and events. Environmental change, and the inseparable nature of human-environmental relationships, is highlighted using cutting-edge research and the study of current and future environmental management issues that are central to Physical Geography.
Topics will include:
- Planet Earth, the Solar System, sun and the seasons
- Plate tectonics, geological processes, rocks and minerals
- Earthquakes and volcanism
- The four spheres: lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere
- Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate
- River systems and landforms
- Weathering, mass movement, soils and slopes
- Earth’s oceans, coastal processes and landforms
- Human-environmental interactions, including Indigenous land use and environmental knowledge
Fieldwork is an exciting and integral aspect of this unit, and students will learn first-hand about the processes responsible for shaping the physical environment. Students’ knowledge and skills in coastal geomorphology will be developed within the context of the need for sustainable management and use of the coastal zone.
Site visits include:
- Field trips to river and beach locations near Brisbane. These trips will feature a mixture of in-field lecturing, hands-on practical work and site visits.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe how processes of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and their interaction contribute to the evolution of the Earth’s surface;
- Collect, identify and interpret Geographical information from graphs, maps, remotely sensed images and statistics;
- Develop skills in fieldwork including planning, observation, recording, sampling, analysis and evaluation;
- Reflect on the impact of humans on the physical environment; and
- Communicate Geographical ideas and information in written and oral forms
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Christopherson, R.W. 2015. Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography (Pearson New International Edition) (9th edition). Pearson, Upper Saddle River.
Goudie, A.S. 2013. The Human Impact on the Natural Environment. John Wiley & Sons.
Hay, I. 2012. Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences (4th edition). Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Hess, D. 2011. McKnight's Physical Geography: a Landscape Appreciation (10th edition). Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River.
Mayhew, S. 2015. A Dictionary of Geography (5th edition). Oxford, London.
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