Prefinal/Final :

Course Outline:

 Understanding the ‘big ideas’:

 Major concepts that underpin our current understanding of the Earth 

1 The rock cycle (Hutton, 18th Century) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

2 Plate tectonics (20th Century) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

3.  Global temperature/sea level change (21st Century) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

4.  Major geological events fit into a timeline, beginning with the formation of the Earth 

    a. The origin and development of life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    b. The development of Earth’s continental jigsaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

5.  Current geological events commonly reported in the media 

    a.    Earth hazards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    b.   Human impacts on climate change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    c.   Great fossil finds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    d.   Planning, quarrying and landfill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

 6.  Understanding what geologists do: how geologists use investigational skills in their work today 

    a.   What geologists do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    b.   Oil/gas exploration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    c.   Mineral prospecting and mining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    d.  Hydrogeology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    e.  Environmental geology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

     f.   Geotechnical engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

    g. Academic research geologists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .