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EAOS111 Earth and Ocean Science

Evolution of continents and oceans; sea-floor spreading, mountain ranges, plate tectonics; oceanic circulation and global cycles; erosion, landslides and sedimentation on land and sea; marine biological systems; evolution of life through the ages; oceans and climate; the Solar System.

Paper title Earth and Ocean Science
Paper code EAOS111
Subject Earth and Ocean Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Restriction
EAOX 111
Schedule C
Science
Notes
EAOS 111 is required for students taking Geology as a major or minor subject, and is recommended for students wishing to enter Marine Science studies at a later stage.
Textbooks
The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 3rd Edition by Brian J Skinner & Barbara W Murck (2011), J Wiley & Sons Inc
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand and describe the processes that shape Earth's surface, interior and oceans
  • Draw connections between the various components of the Earth system
  • Apply concepts introduced in lectures and laboratories to field settings
  • Understand the concept of geologic time in relation to physical and biological systems
  • Understand the physical and biological controls on the distribution of Earth materials and make predictions based on this understanding
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Prof Mark Stirling
Lecturers: Involves various academic staff from the departments of Geology and Marine Science
Teaching Fellow: Ray Marx
Paper Structure
This paper consists of 4 lectures per week and one 3-hour laboratory. Lectures cover 5 themes:
  • Our place in space: humanity on earth, earth in the universe
  • The geosphere: our dynamic earth
  • Earth's surface: where the geosphere meets the hydrosphere
  • The hydrosphere and the atmosphere: a tightly coupled system
  • The biosphere: life on earth

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22
P2 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
P3 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 18-22
P4 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
P5 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22
P6 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22

Evolution of continents and oceans; sea-floor spreading, mountain ranges, plate tectonics; oceanic circulation and global cycles; erosion, landslides and sedimentation on land and sea; marine biological systems; evolution of life through the ages; oceans and climate; the Solar System.

This multidisciplinary paper commences with an overview of our place on planet Earth, the solar system, and deep space. It then covers a vast number of topics by way of the unifying theme of Earth "spheres": Atmosphere; Geosphere; Hydrosphere; Cryosphere, and; Biosphere. Topics such as climate and atmospheric/oceanic circulation, plate tectonics and associated hazards, weathering and erosion/deposition, past and present life, glaciers and ice sheets, and the impact of humans on the planet are covered. Students will finish the course with a holistic understanding of planet Earth, and a good feel for topics worth pursuing at more advanced levels.

Paper title Earth and Ocean Science
Paper code EAOS111
Subject Earth and Ocean Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
EAOX 111
Schedule C
Science
Notes
EAOS 111 is required for students taking Geology as a major or minor subject, and is recommended for students wishing to enter Marine Science studies at a later stage.
Course outline
View a sample course outline for EAOS 111
Teaching Arrangements
4 lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
Fieldwork: Two 1-day field trips (there is a choice of Saturday or Sunday) to North Otago and Taieri Plains. One lab trip aboard Polaris Research Vessel.
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Coordinator: Professor Mark Stirling
Lecturers: Involves various academic staff from the departments of Geology and Marine Science
Teaching Fellow: Ray Marx
Paper Structure
This paper consists of 4 lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Lectures cover 5 themes:
  • Our place in space: humanity on earth, earth in the universe
  • The geosphere: our dynamic earth
  • Earth's surface: where the geosphere meets the hydrosphere
  • The hydrosphere and the atmosphere: a tightly coupled system
  • The cryosphere: Ice distribution, dynamics, and trends
  • The biosphere: life on earth
Assessment is approximately an even split between internal (on-going during the semester) and external (final exam).
Textbooks
The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 3rd Edition by Brian J Skinner & Barbara W Murck (2011), J Wiley & Sons Inc.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand and describe the processes that shape Earth's surface, interior and oceans
  • Draw connections between the various components of the Earth system
  • Apply concepts introduced in lectures and laboratories to field settings
  • Understand the concept of geologic time in relation to physical and biological systems
  • Understand the physical and biological controls on the distribution of Earth materials and make predictions based on this understanding

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
P2 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
P3 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
P4 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
P5 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
P6 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22