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GEOS3803: Environment, Sediment and Climate Change (Adv)

2024 unit information

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS3103 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance at the time of enrolment. Students who elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives. Specific details for this unit of study will be announced in meetings with students in week 1 of semester.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Geosciences Academic Operations

Code GEOS3803
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 75 or above in [(GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) or (GEOS2116 or GEOS2916) or (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924)]
Assumed knowledge:
(GEOS1003 or GEOS1903)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Comprehend how the cycling of matter, elements and energy at the Earth’s surface influences coastal systems and the composition of sediments.
  • LO2. Explain the role of life in early diagenesis and sediment formation.
  • LO3. Describe how major biogeochemical cycles can be altered by human activity and how this is recorded in sediments.
  • LO4. Recognise the impact of the Anthropocene on sediments and their associated ecosystems.
  • LO5. Understand the processes responsible for transporting sediments into and within oceanic basins.
  • LO6. Recognise different types of lithogenous, biogenic and hydrogenous marine sediments, where they form and the physical and biochemical conditions under which they form and are preserved.
  • LO7. Understand the controls on carbonate and silica production and deposition and their relationship to global carbonate and silica cycles.
  • LO8. Appreciate the climatic/tectonic significance of evaporates.
  • LO9. Identify different types of terrestrial sediment facies.
  • LO10. Describe the processes responsible for the production and preservation of lithified and unlithified sediment in terrestrial and marine environments.
  • LO11. Design, execute and evaluate laboratory-based research in environmental sedimentology;
  • LO12. Be able to constrain both accuracy and precision in laboratory-based analyses.
  • LO13. Demonstrate a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour and independence as a learner and as a scientist.
  • LO14. Operate safely in research laboratories.
  • LO15. Identify, utilise and evaluate common techniques for describing and analysing sediment and sedimentary rocks.
  • LO16. Communicate scientific information to an advanced standard, both orally and through written work.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Outline unavailable
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

Additional advice

Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School.