Introduction to Earth Sciences

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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About this unit

This online Introduction to Earth Sciences unit from Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University examines mineral and rock identification through both home-based and workshop/laboratory sessions.

At the completion of this unit, you will be knowledgeable in a wide range of technical geological terminology, and also in the overarching theory of plate tectonics as it pertains to aspects of the Earth's processes.

You will also be able to explain the model of Earth’s internal structure and energetics, and understand the chemical and physical origin, and properties of common minerals.

Core learning outcomes include an understanding of Geological Time scales and the classification of rocks by age, the origins of groundwater, crustal force stresses and the processes that generate magmatic rock.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have had exposure to a minimum of at least school-level science and mathematics.

Areas of study

In this Introduction to Earth Sciences unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Planet Earth
  • Dynamics of the crust
  • Groundwater
  • Movement of material
  • Earthquakes and Earth's interior
  • Deformation of rocks
  • Weathering and soils
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Magmatic rocks
  • Minerals
  • Geological time

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any course.

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit opens careers pathways by equipping you with core knowledge in the Earth’s origins, structure, elements, and processes as well as geological classifications.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Earth Sciences from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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