School of Environment


Earth Sciences Stage I courses

Three Stage I courses are offered in the Earth Sciences programme.

GEOG 101: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms


A fundamental understanding of the functioning of natural systems at the Earth’s surface and the complexities of human interactions with these systems. The course examines the operation and interaction between the Atmospheric, Hydrological, Ecological and Geomorphic systems. Environmental processes are used as an integrating theme. Specific topics covered include: the climate and hydrological systems, ecological processes; the surface sediment cycle; and processes governing development and dynamics of major landform types. The course also highlights the relevance of Earth surface processes to resolving applied environmental problems.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour laboratory fortnightly
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework (labs 30%, test 20%), 50% final examination
Course coordinator: 
Joseph Fagan

GEOG 101: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
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EARTHSCI 103: Dynamic Earth


Examination of geologic processes that have shaped Earth and life through time, and their impact on modern society. Topics include: earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, meteorites and planets, mass extinctions and evolution of life. A practical introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils provides insights into Earth's past and important modern resources.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week, plus one field trip
Points:
15
Assessment:
60% coursework (including 10% test), 40% final examination
Restriction:
GEOLOGY 101, 102, 103, 104
Course coordinator: 
Nicholas Richards

EARTHSCI 103: Dynamic Earth
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EARTHSCI 105/105G: Natural Hazards in New Zealand


New Zealanders are exposed to extreme natural events and processes including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, weather bombs, storm surge, tsunami, flooding, landslides and erosion. The physical context for each hazard is provided, drawing on the disciplines of geology, geomorphology and climatology. The frequency and magnitude of natural hazards for New Zealand are considered using different sources. Impacts on modern society are discussed using case studies and scenario modelling.

Note: This course was formerly offered as GEOG 105/105G.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C)

Format: two 1-hour lectures per week, plus five laboratories to be completed during the semester
Points:
15
Assessment:
40% coursework (labs 20%, two tests 10% each), 60% final examination
Restriction:
GEOG 105, 105G, GEOLOGY 110
Course coordinator:
Kate Kenedi

EARTHSCI 105/105G: Natural Hazards in New Zealand
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