GEOS1211 - Earth and Environmental Science

GEOS1211 Field Trip

GEOS1211 - Earth and Environmental Science takes a modern approach to studying the history of change on planet Earth. The origins of the continents, oceans, atmosphere and the planet itself are considered from a variety of perspectives. The beginnings of life and evolution of selected fauna and flora are investigated from genetic and fossil evidence. The relationships between Earth's geological environments and their associated life forms are explored. The effects of change, both natural and induced by humans, on soil, water and the landscape are examined. The course is delivered by experts from across the range of earth and environmental sciences.

GEOS1211 is offered in Session 1. The next offering is 2017.

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 4 - 2 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals (however, in some weeks the practical will run as an optional 1 hour discussion session for material revision).

Number of weeks: 12.

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GEOS1211 Field Trip

Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Mira van der Ley 

What does this course cover?

Major topics covered:

  • Planetary Geology & Evolution
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • The Sydney Basin & Lachlan Fold Belt
  • Igneous Process & Rocks
  • Rock and Mineral Weathering
  • Geochemistry
  • Biogeography
  • Human Origins and Archaeology
  • Palaentology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Earth Science in the News

For more information, please see the course outline.

GEOS1211 Field Trip

Where does this course fit into my degree?

This is a Stage 1 Course.

Students may wish to take GEOS1701, GEOS1111, and/or BIOS1301 concurrently with this course.

GEOS1211 prepares students for  GEOS2721, GEOS2071, GEOS2711, GEOS2181, GEOS3721, GEOS2291, GEOS2131, BIOS3711, GEOS2761, and GEOS2021

Is there assumed prior knowledge or a co-requisite?

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

There is a mandatory, 2-day field trip occuring over a weekend. The field trip will incur a cost of approximately $150 - $200.

Attendance to practicals is mandatory.

Students are also recommended to acquire a hand lens, a magnet and a pocket knife prior to Week 2.

Is there anything else I should know?

Students will get the most from the course by engaging with other students and staff in the lab classes, fieldtrip, and lectures, and on the Moodle discussion pages. This course is taught by a group of engaging lecturers who are passionate about their field and encourage questions and discussion in the lecture sessions!

Additionally, there are many non-compulsory exercises for you to do outside of class and the students who participate with these generally go better and enjoy the course more.

I took this course a while ago, and need proof of what was covered.

2015 Course Outline


NB: All information provided on this page is superseded by information provided by the course coordinator or lecturer(s).

Images courtesy of Ezekiel Rodofiliel (2016).