GEOL101-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Building Planet Earth: Fundamentals of Earth Science

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024

Description

Welcome to Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment at Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. In this introductory course, we aim to provide you with a basic understanding of how Earth and its materials have developed through deep time. Since the birth of the Earth 4.55 billion years ago the only constant has been change. The oceans and atmosphere, the distribution of the continents and the life that they support are all part of an interactive system that makes Earth unique. In this course you will learn about the essential building blocks of Earth (minerals and rocks) and the processes that are responsible for how they form and change through time. In addition this course teaches you how to read the stories that the rocks are telling us and decipher key events in the evolution of life on Earth through the fossil record. Building Planet Earth gives you the opportunity to explore how our unique planet works and has sustained life, by showcasing our Zealandia continent. Aotearoa | New Zealand, on the active margin of the Pacific with its volcanoes, earthquakes, dramatic geomorphology, and 500 million years of geological history, is one of the best places on Earth to study geological processes.

Welcome to Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

In this introductory course, we aim to provide you with a basic understanding of how Earth and its materials have developed through deep time.

Since the birth of the Earth 4.55 billion years ago the only constant has been change. The oceans and atmosphere, the distribution of the continents and the life that they support are all part of an interactive system that makes Earth unique. In this course you will learn about the essential building blocks of Earth (minerals and rocks) and the processes that are responsible for how they form and change through time. In addition this course teaches you how to read the stories held within the rocks, and decipher key events in the evolution of life on Earth through the fossil record. Building Planet Earth gives you the opportunity to explore how our unique planet works and has sustained life, by showcasing our Zealandia continent.

Aotearoa | New Zealand, straddling a dynamic plate boundary, with its active volcanoes, earthquakes, dramatic landscapes, and 500 million years of geological history, is one of the best places on Earth to study geology and broader Earth sciences. Geologists are Earth detectives and see the planet in 4 dimensions. Looking for clues preserved in the landscapes and even down to minute materials around us to build pictures of the Earth changes in both 3 dimensional space and time, using the present and the past to infer the future. Any one location on the surface of this planet has a complex history of change and movement preserved beneath the surface, just waiting to be discovered!

GEOL101 is a core course for the BSc major in Geology.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn the concepts of:
- The Big Bang to the Birth of the Earth
- Earth structure and Plate Tectonics
- Minerals and Rocks – building blocks of a terrestrial planet
- Igneous materials and processes
- Sedimentary materials and processes
- Metamorphic materials and processes
- Geological Time
- Earth evolution
- History of Life
- NZ’s geological development
- Earth systems and resources

Hua Ako | Course Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing this course will:
- Comprehend the processes that have shaped and built planet Earth through time and the implications and applications into the future.
- Be able to discuss plate tectonics and the rock cycle.
- Know the geological timescale (the 4th dimension) and the difference between relative and absolute time.
- Be able to discuss major events in Earth history from an Earth systems perspective and the timescale over which they occurred.
- Infer story of process, and history of Earth, from rocks through their physical and chemical properties.
- Be able to identify the main minerals, fossils and rock types and explain how these contribute to our understanding of Earth processes and history.
- Appreciate how Earth works as a system of interacting components across geological timescales.
- Know the principles of stratigraphy and be able to apply them in 2D, 3D and 4D space (cross-sections and maps through time).
- Appreciation of mātauranga Māori and its relevance to modern geoscience.
- Be able to communicate New Zealand’s geological context.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Restrictions

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 009
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Banks Peninsula
22 Apr - 28 Apr
02 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Banks Peninsula
22 Apr - 28 Apr
03 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Banks Peninsula
29 Apr - 5 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 219 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 219 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 15:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 219 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 19:00 - 20:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Wednesday 19:00 - 20:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Timetable Note

36 x 1 hour Lectures (3 lectures per week)
11 x 3 hour Labs (1 lab each week except Week 1)
1 x 1 day weekend field trip 27th , 28th April or 4th May, Waipara Gorge

Course Coordinator

Kate Pedley

Lecturers

Darren Gravley , Catherine Reid and Alex Nichols

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
In-class lecture exercise participation 5% In-class lecture exercise participation - all weeks
Short Answer Test 15% Short Answer Test - Week 6
Practical online quizzes 10% Practical online quizzes - Weeks 3 - 11)
Practical Assignment 30% Practical Assignment - Weeks 11 - 12
Final Exam 40% Due date to be advised by Examinations Office in due course


Assessment name   Weighting Due date (if known)
In class participation        5%        Various
Short Answer Test        15%        Week 6
Practical online quizzes 10%        Every 2 weeks of labs
Practical Assignment        30%        Week 12
Final Exam                40%        Mid-year exam period

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Marshak, Stephen; Earth : portrait of a planet ; Sixth edition; W.W. Norton and Company, 2018 (Recommended 7th or any earlier eddition).

Recommended textbook(s):
Marshak, S., Earth: Portrait of a Planet, 7th or any earlier edition.
OR
Panchuk, Karla, 2019. Physical Geology, First University of Saskatchewan Edition. Retrieved from:
https://openpress.usask.ca/physicalgeology/

Benton and Harper, 2020. Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record 2nd edition (available from University Bookshop and as ebook, and also a text in 200 level). Free online palaeo text not available.

REFERENCE BOOKS
The Penguin Dictionary of Geology (a useful reference for all geology students).
Campbell, H.J.; et al 2013. A photographic guide to fossils of New Zealand. Auckland, NZ: New Holland. 143 p. available from GNS Science https://shop.gns.cri.nz/bk78/
Guides to rocks and minerals – useful for Practical classes and field work. Numerous authors.

Notes

Prerequisites:None

Restrictions: GEOL111, ENCI271

Recommended preparation:None

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,014.00

International fee $5,024.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

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