- Code EMSC1006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Dr Nicholas Engerer
- Dr Penelope Penny King
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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This course provides an integrated understanding of Earth as a system.
Topics include: a history of Earth's environment; systems theory; the biophysical and biochemical processes that characterise the oceans, atmosphere and land surface; together with an introduction to the global water and carbon cycles. Lectures provide a scientific perspective on and basis for understanding global change processes. Practical sessions offer hands-on experience with global systems. Field excursion introduces students to methods for environmental measurement and observation.
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- use systems thinking to describe the physical and biophysical processes that define the Earth, and especially those processes that drive large-scale environmental change
- explain how the previous changes in Earth's environmental conditions and on-going Earth system processes provide a basis for understanding human-environmental interactions and impacts
- analyse to what extent humans can force global environmental change by deliberately or incidentally influencing the Earth system
- describe how the atmosphere, the land and the oceans interact and the feedback mechanisms between the three
There will be a field trip. Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip; in 2013 it was $160.
Payment may be made at the Science Cashier, Bldg 42, or online at ScienceShop: http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/
Assessment will be based on:
- Practical/workshop assignments (45%; LO 1-4)
- Field reports (10%; LO 1-4)
- Tests (45%; LO 1-4)
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Workload65 hours of contact, comprising lectures, practicals, and field excursion
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsCore Text: The Blue Planet (2011) by Brian J Skinner & Barbara W Murck .
Recommended Text: A Short Introduction to Climate Change (2012) by Tony Eggleton
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4162||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person|