• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Engerer
    • Dr Penelope Penny King
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course EMSC1006
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides an introduction to Earth Systems Science, a new field of science that investigates how chemical, physical, and biological processes interact to shape and regulate Earth's environment. If you want to understand the science behind climate change or have been wondering to what extent current global environmental change is being forced by natural processes and human activities, this course is for you.
Students from both science and non-science backgrounds are welcome. In addition, this is a foundation course for students interested in or wanting to pursue earth, marine or water sciences.

'The Blue Planet' will build your understanding of how each part of the Earth system - the ocean, land, atmosphere, ice sheets, and Earth's interior - works and interacts over time. You will learn how energy and matter are transferred around and into/out of the Earth system through the water, carbon, oxygen, nutrient, geologic and solar cycles, and you will be introduced to feedback mechanisms that can amplify or dampen change. A tour of global change through Earth history is used to provide context for understanding the modern Earth, including the scientific evidence for global warming, and for predicting the future path of global warming, ocean acidification and biodiversity loss.

NOTE: Postgraduate students will attend classes with undergraduate students but will be assessed differently.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Use an understanding of the important chemical, physical, and biological processes that occur on Earth to explain the processes that drive large-scale environmental change.

2. Critically analyse how the past changes in Earth's environment provide a basis for scientific understanding of human impacts on and interactions with the environment.

3. Critically analyse the interactions between the atmosphere, the land, biology and the oceans and how feedback mechanisms operate within the Earth system.

4. Work constructively both independently and collaboratively.

5. Test hypotheses, design and perform appropriate experiments, collect key observations, critically analyse data and apply quantitative approaches to basic Earth Systems problems.

6. Communicate effectively about Earth Systems Science issues and ideas using language that can be understood by the public and scientists.

Other Information

There will be two one-day fieldtrips.  Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trips; in 2015 it was $24.

Payment can be made  online at ScienceShop:  http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

    - Assignments - based on lectures, workshops and lab work (44%; LO 1-6)

    - One field report - based on individual and group work (16%; LO 1-6)

    - Tests at the graduate level - two written tests and 2 quizzes with short answer questions (40%; LO 1-3, 5, 6)

 

Students in the graduate version of this course will be required to demonstrate a more advanced understanding of the material in the assessment items.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

65 hours of contact, comprising lectures, practicals, and field excursion

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC1006 or GEOL1006.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be provided on Wattle.

Indicative Reading List

Short Introduction to Climate Change (2012) by Tony Eggleton. Cambridge University Press.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelors degree

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3378 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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