School of Environment


Earth Sciences Stage I courses

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

EARTHSCI 102: Foundation for Earth Sciences


Exploring and understanding the complexities of Earth systems requires Earth Scientists to engage with a range of quantitative techniques and tools.  Introduces students to contemporary approaches for analysing and interpreting Earth Science data.  Covers mathematical, physical, computational, and chemical methods used in the Earth Sciences.  Emphasises practical application to a variety of Earth Science topics.

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

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week
Points:
 15
Assessment:
 50% coursework (including 10% test), 50% final examination
Restriction:
 GEOLOGY 101, 102, 103, 104
Course coordinator:  
Ingo Pecher

 

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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.

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: 
Jan Lindsay

 

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EARTHSCI 120: Planet Earth


An introduction to the fundamentals of geology. From an exploration of space and the solar system to an examination of geologic and Earth surface processes that have shaped the Earth and life through time. An investigation of large Earth systems including Earth composition and structure, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A study of the origins of life, evolution and mass extinction and a practical introduction to minerals, rocks and fossils provides insight into Earth’s past and important mineral resources.

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

Format: One 2-hour studio and one 3-hour laboratory per week
Points:
 15
Assessment:
 50% coursework, 50% final examination
Restriction:
 EARTHSCI 103, GEOLOGY 101, 102, 103, 104
Course coordinator:  
Nicholas Richards

 

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