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EAE1011: Earth, atmosphere and environment 1

Faculty of Science

Earth, atmosphere and environment 1

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This unit is a core unit for further studies in Geology, Climate and atmospheric science, Climate Studies, Earth Science, Environmental Earth Science and Geographical Science. The Earth is a constantly changing complex system involving many physical, chemical, and biological processes. This unit is an introduction to the science used to understand the Earth system, how it changes over time, and its future. We look at the the formation and structure of the Earth, and its changing environment. Fieldwork, practical exercises, simple models, and spatial data will be used to understand our planet's history, and predict its future. We also study the processes that drive change within our planet and its environmental systems: from the formation of the Earth's core to its crust; to the systems driving and sustaining the planet's living surface; to the forces and processes involved in the formation of mountains and oceans; and our changing atmosphere and climate.


1 - Reflective portfolio - 5% fortnightly journal entries (1% per fortnight), 5% final short essay - 10% 2 - Practical classes - 40% 3 - Field trip - 15% 4 - Individual project (Part 1 of poster/oral assessment mark) - 10% 5 - Poster assignment (Part 2 of poster/oral assessment mark) - 15% 6 - Weekly content quizzes - (10 weekly quizzes worth 1% each) - 10%


Total 144 hours over 12 weeks, which includes: Three 1-hour lectures and Two hours practical laboratory class per week One 1-day field trip Additional self-directed learning activities

Global challenges

Our Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, charts the path for how Monash will actively respond to climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities over the next decade. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Climate Change

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land