EARTH251-22A (HAM)

Applied Earth Sciences

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Earth Sciences

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Paper Description

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The workings of the Earth are a puzzle and field methods are essential to find the pieces in order to solve it. All sub-disciplines within the broad field of Earth and Environmental Sciences share common strategies to collect, analyze, and report field data. Such data forms the basis of accurate and repeatable laboratory analyses and computer modelling, which both presuppose standardized and high quality field observations. This paper introduces students to field techniques across a range of topics, including: geology, geomorphology, soil science, climate science, coastal and freshwater science. Students will collect and examine a range of data types from our Port Waikato field area and explore the cross-disciplinary applications of the data to answering some of society's most relevant questions.

This paper and ENVSC201(Environmental Monitoring) provide a complementary set of practical skills in collecting and analyzing field data. Students considering a career involving field work in Earth or Environment Sciences should take both papers.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is primarily a field course, but is supplemented by pre-field trip practical sessions and a post field trip presentation. There will be one 2-hour practical session per week for the first half of the paper, plus a five or six day field camp. A term presentation to the class will occur during the final week of the semester. Practicals involve both theory, laboratory, and / or work outdoors on campus and potentially off campus.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in field methods across a range of Earth and Environmental Science sub-disciplines.
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  • Observe, describe, and map the distribution of geological and geomorphological units in the field.

    Linked to the following assessments: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

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  • Collect, describe, and analyze the physical properties of various soil types.
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  • Observe, measure, and characterize the physical properties of freshwater streams.
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  • Observe, measure, and characterize the physical properties of coastal marine settings.
    Linked to the following assessments: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Pre Field Trip Lab Exercises
20
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Participation During Field School
20
  • Other:
3. Field Notebook and In-Field Assessment
23 Apr 2022
6:00 PM
20
  • Other:
4. Term Report
20 May 2022
12:00 PM
30
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. Term Presentation
16 May 2022
12:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lab
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Study guide material will be available on Moodle.
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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.
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Workload

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There are 6 two‐hour practical sessions in this paper, one 6-day field camp, and a term report and presentation at the end of the semester. The Port Waikato field camp is the largest part of the internal assessment; a term report and presentation are the second main piece of internal assessment.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH102 or ERTH103

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ERTH222 and ERTH251

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