Earth Sciences (EART)

EART 1004  Soils  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300823  

This unit provides students with a basic understanding of soil formation and erosion processes, soil physical, chemical and biological properties, and the diversity and classification of soils in the Australian landscape. These basic principles are explored in relation to the sustainable management of soils for horticultural and agricultural production and for environmental management, other land uses and in relation to forensic investigation and studies. The practical sessions are designed to reinforce the lecture material and include field description and analysis of soil profiles and properties, soil sampling principles and practice, laboratory measurement of soil physical and chemical properties essential/important for plant growth, soil biology and human and animal remains.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 6191 - Noise Assessment PUBH 1003 - Environment and Health  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 2001  Climate Change Science  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300837  

A factual understanding of the energy balance of the globe, how this impacts on climate and how climate has varied in the past, is essential for any person working in the climate change area. This unit will introduce students to the concept of energy balance and climate, our understanding of how climate works, and how it has changed through time. Topics in basic atmospheric science will give students a critical understanding of current environmental concerns and debates about radiative forcing (the greenhouse effect), climate change, ozone depletion, photochemical pollution and acid precipitation.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): CHEM 1008 OR
CHEM 1003 AND
BIOS 1001
  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 6248 - Atmospheric Science  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 3001  Biological Adaptation to Climate Change  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300909  

This unit investigates how organisms respond to variation in climate and what can be done to reduce their vulnerability to anthropogenic climate change. The unit makes use of a novel conceptual framework that defines 'vulnerability' as a function of the 'exposure' and 'sensitivity' of organisms to climate change. Therefore, we will begin by exploring how organisms are exposed to climate change, from regional climatic changes acting at the scale of populations, to local climatological effects acting at the scale of individuals. Next, we will examine what determines the sensitivity of organisms, focusing on the physiological, behavioural, and life-history traits that affect the ability of organisms to cope with and adapt to climate change. Then, we will show how exposure and sensitivity combine to determine the vulnerability of organisms, including in both managed and natural ecosystems. Finally, we will discuss the 'mitigation' and 'adaptation' strategies that can prevent the worst of the potential impacts from becoming realised and help protect our biodiversity in the face of anthropogenic climate change.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 3005  Statistical Hydrology  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300991  

This unit covers the principles of statistical hydrology. It explores at-site flood frequency analysis, regional flood frequency analysis, trend analysis of hydrological data, linear regression analysis and multivariate statistical techniques to solve hydrological problems.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): EART 4001  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 3006  Science of the Anthropocene  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301212  

The unit explores how the earth has been irreversibly altered through human activities. Topics include-the composition of the ocean, land, and atmosphere, and the impacts humans have had on these systems. The unit looks at the detection and control of modern pollutants with a focus on field sampling and modelling of selected environmental systems. These topics will be brought to life in a two-day field trip to sites of significant anthropogenic impact.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: EART 3002 Environmental Geochemistry
EART 3003 Environmental Geochemistry
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 3007  Land Degradation and Contamination  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301273  

This unit will examine current interdisciplinary topics on land degradation and contamination in both urban, peri-urbanand rural environments. The effects of the various human induced land degradation and contamination processes and pollutants in terrestrial environments will be explored and how impacts can be ameliorated and managed. The focus is on both the science of environmental pollutants and on the remediation strategies currently available. Topics include; basic concepts of soils, study of the processes, common soil pollutants, persistent organic contaminants and pesticides, acidification of soils, quantitative risk assessment, land reclamation, and landfill sites

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 3008  Soils and Substrates  (10 Credit Points)  

This unit provides you with a basic understanding of soil formation and erosion processes, soil physical, chemical and biological properties, and the diversity and classification of soils in the Australian landscape. These basic principles, along with alternative substrates, are explored in relation to the sustainable management of soils and substrates for horticultural and agricultural production and for environmental management and other land uses. The practical sessions are designed to reinforce the lecture material and include field description and analysis of soil profiles and properties, soil sampling principles and practice, laboratory measurement of soil and substrate physical and chemical properties essential/important for plant growth, soil/substrate biology.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 7001  Advanced Hydrogeology  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301014  

This unit covers occurrence of groundwater, groundwater movement, groundwater hydraulics, water wells, quality of groundwater, groundwater modelling and groundwater management. The objectives of this unit are to enable students to learn the associated concept of groundwater and apply the learnt concepts in solving groundwater problems in advanced engineering practice.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 7002  Advanced Statistical Hydrology  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301013  

This unit covers at-site flood frequency analysis, regional flood frequency analysis, trend analysis of hydrological data, linear regression analysis and multivariate statistical techniques to solve advanced hydrological problems.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
EART 9001  Higher Degree Research Thesis - Hydrology  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 800079  
Level: PhD and Research Masters Level 9 subject  
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EART 9002  Higher Degree Research Thesis - Soil Science  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 800077  
Level: PhD and Research Masters Level 9 subject  
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