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GEOS3315 – Global Tectonics and Cycles

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Craig O'Neill
Yingjie Yang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
10cp in GEOS units at 2000 level and 10cp in GEOS or MATH or PHYS units at 2000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This multidisciplinary unit integrates recent advances in geodynamics, global cycle modelling, geophysics and geochemistry to understand the tectonic evolution of the Earth, its impact on the surface and the complex feedbacks between internal dynamics and the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere (e.g. volcanic degassing, natural CO2 sequestration, feedback between climate and plate tectonics, among others). Topics covered include structure and dynamics of the Earth, global supercycles, heat and mass transfer, physical processes controlling Earth dynamics, and recent developments in the understanding of the links between the solid Earth and the atmosphere/hydrosphere/climate. Through hands-on workshops, students will also gain experience in computer programming, scientific visualization and quantitative data analysis.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between global tectonics of the Earth and its surface systems
  • ULO2: Analyse the processes powering mantle and lithosphere dynamics, and tectonic plates
  • ULO3: Apply scientific methodology, in accessing, using and synthesising Earth-science information
  • ULO4: Apply geodynamic knowledge to solving problems, data analysis, scientific visualisation, and evaluating ideas and information
  • ULO5: Demonstrate the capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment I - Geodynamics 15% No Week 5
Final Exam 50% No TBD
Online Quizzes 10% No Ongoing
Research paper 25% No Week 13

Assignment I - Geodynamics

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 5
Weighting: 15%

Produce a report on the interaction between tectonics, geodynamics and surface systems


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between global tectonics of the Earth and its surface systems
  • Analyse the processes powering mantle and lithosphere dynamics, and tectonic plates
  • Apply scientific methodology, in accessing, using and synthesising Earth-science information
  • Apply geodynamic knowledge to solving problems, data analysis, scientific visualisation, and evaluating ideas and information
  • Demonstrate the capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: TBD
Weighting: 50%

The final exam will consist of questions to be answered in essay style and will cover all aspects of the unit.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between global tectonics of the Earth and its surface systems
  • Analyse the processes powering mantle and lithosphere dynamics, and tectonic plates
  • Demonstrate the capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Online Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 9 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

Quizzes undertaken on workshop activities


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between global tectonics of the Earth and its surface systems
  • Analyse the processes powering mantle and lithosphere dynamics, and tectonic plates

Research paper

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 25%

This review will consist of a paper, and a presentation, which results from your reading on an individually selected topic.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between global tectonics of the Earth and its surface systems
  • Apply scientific methodology, in accessing, using and synthesising Earth-science information
  • Demonstrate the capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery for this unit will be largely online, with planned meetings with the group periodically.

Resources will all be provided on iLearn. The recommended textbook is Fowler, "The solid Earth". Available from the library collection.

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