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EA2010 - Introductory Geology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject is an introduction into Earth Science. The subject will provide students with the background knowledge necessary for studies in the field of geoscience or any other related science. Over 4.6 billion years, the Earth has evolved from a mass of lifeless molten rock to moving continents, changing oceans and teeming life forms. This subject looks at how and why Earth has evolved from its origin to the present day. Plate tectonics is an underlying theme, affecting the interaction between energy and matter on, above, and below Earth's surface. Minerals, rocks and the rock cycle are studied together with the sedimentary, magmatic, metamorphic and tectonic processes that lead to the formation of mineral deposits that are vital to modern societies.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand how the Earth functions as a dynamic system;
  • understand the physical and chemical evolution of the Earth;
  • be able to identify rock forming minerals;
  • be able to identify igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks.
EA1001 EA1003 EA1100 EA1110 EA1002


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Jan Huizenga
Lecturers: Professor Michael Bird, Dr Jan Huizenga.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (25%); practical test (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.