Earth Sciences (2019)
Earth Sciences offers a broad understanding of Earth's landscape features and processes and includes a range of branches of the subject, including soil science, hydrology, geomorphology, physical geography, volcanology, sedimentary geology, coastal marine studies, engineering geology and environmental science.
Earth Sciences is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech) degrees. Earth Sciences may also be taken as a second major, subject to academic approval of the faculty or school of studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Earth Sciences as a single major, students must gain 135 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231 and EARTH241, and at least 45 points from 300-level Earth Sciences papers.
To complete Earth Sciences as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points, including EARTH101, EARTH102, EARTH211, EARTH221, EARTH231 and EARTH241, and at least 30 points from 300-level Earth Sciences papers.
Students with a special interest in physical geography should consult with the subject convenor before selecting their papers. The majority of papers in Earth Sciences include both laboratory practical and field work.
Further information regarding papers, staff and research details is contained in brochures available from the School of Science office or website.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(EarthSc) and GradDip(EarthSc)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(EarthSc), PGDip(EarthSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(EarthSc) and GradDip(EarthSc)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Earth Sciences at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the School of Science.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(EarthSc), PGDip(EarthSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)
Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Normally, only 30 points from ENVSC coded paper may be taken as part of an Earth Sciences graduate qualification. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.
To complete a BSc(Hons) in Earth Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Earth Sciences, of which at least 30 points must be of research (normally ERTH591).
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis that critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three syear research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis that critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH101 Introduction to Earth System Sciences 19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga) A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive... EARTH102 Discovering Planet Earth 19B (Hamilton) This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH211 Earth Resources and Materials 19A (Hamilton) An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of earth resources and materials. Topics covered include: minerals in society and their properties; origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; volcanological and sedimentary processes and the importance of earth materials as sources for resources used by society. EARTH221 Soil Science 19B (Hamilton) An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management. EARTH231 Water Resources, Weather and Climate 19A (Hamilton) New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include... EARTH241 Oceanography 19B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography EARTH251 Spatial Analysis in Geosciences 19A (Hamilton) An introduction to quantitative spatial analysis in the geosciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of geomorphology and Earth materials from field and aerial image interpretation, use of 3D models of Earth materials, and an appreciation of volumes and stresses in the Earth's crust.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH311 Volcanology 19A (Hamilton) A study of pyroclastic rocks, physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, the origin of magmas, crystallisation of rock-forming minerals and phase equilibria, petrology and trace element geochemistry of volcanic rocks, and geothermal and mineral resources. EARTH312 Sedimentary Geology 19B (Hamilton) The ultimate goal of sedimentary geology is to reconstruct the history of the Earth's surface. This paper explores the links between sedimentary rocks and past environments through two major strands: reconstructing depositional environments and understanding the effects of sea-level change on sedimentary processes (sequence stratig... EARTH313 Engineering Geology 19A (Hamilton) Engineering Geology is the application of the principles of earth sciences to ensure hazards associated with landslides or unfavourable soil and rock conditions are identified in engineering or environmental work. This paper gives an introduction to the field of engineering geology. Topics covered include: landslide processes and t... EARTH321 Pedology and Land Evaluation 19B (Hamilton) This paper comprises two parts that together examine the role of pedology in land-use related issues and land management. Part (1): the stratigraphy of soils, their formation and classification in New Zealand; the occurrence and variability spatially of soils, and how they can be mapped using classical and digital techniques includ... EARTH322 Soil and Water Management 19A (Hamilton) This paper integrates an understanding of land/soil and water processes that occur at paddock to catchment to national scales. A focus is on management practices that optimise resource use for productive purposes with attention to avoidance or minimisation of environmental effects. Topics include soil degradation, soil fertility, ... EARTH331 Hydrology 19B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the techniques of both resource and hazard analysis of fresh water. There is focus on groundwater modelling for resource studies, at the regional level and for analysis of pumped wells. There are also aspects of surface water application, including hydro power studies. Hazard aspects will include t... EARTH341 Coastal Oceanography 19A (Hamilton) This paper focuses on the physical oceanography of the coastal zone. Topics include estuarine circulation, wind driven currents on the shelf, longwaves, resonance, seiching, methodologies for quantifying processes and coastal responses, waves and surfzone processes. EARTH342 Coastal Geomorphology and Management 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga) This paper focuses on understanding of coastal processes, sediments, and evolution of coastal landforms as a basis for coastal management. Topics covered include coastal sediments and processes; coastal landforms, their origin and evolution; coastal hazards and their mitigation; and case studies of coastal issues.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH501 Volcanic Techniques and Applications 19A (Hamilton) This paper investigates geological techniques used to reconstruct eruption processes and histories, and their application to Society, including volcanic facies analysis, tephra studies, volcanic glass and mineral studies, juvenile and lithic studies, and volcanic hazards. EARTH502 Land and Soil Evaluation 19A (Hamilton) Selected issues involved with land use and its intensification, including nitrogen budgeting and soil quality, are examined. Farm-scale soil and land-use capability (LUC) mapping are undertaken to illustrate their role in guiding management decisions to help reduce or mitigate environmental risks associated with particular land use... EARTH503 Coastal Processes: Analysis and Prediction 19A (Hamilton) This paper considers techniques to predict coastal processes for management and research, including assessment of which processes to observe, how to obtain and analyse data, and using results for prediction. EARTH504 Geohazard Risk 19B (Hamilton) This seminar paper evaluates the methodologies used to characterise risk associated with geohazards, and assesses the impact of strategies employed to avoid or mitigate this risk. EARTH505 River Dynamics 19A (Block) & 19A (Hamilton) This module investigates the processes that control the evolution of river form and structure over timescales of storm events to decades, through a combination of theory, environmental remote sensing and numerical modelling. EARTH506 Geological Models in Engineering Geology 19B (Hamilton) This paper focusses on the development and application of 2D and 3D conceptual and numerical models of Earth materials for engineering purposes. Discussion includes data acquisition, model development, and interpretation. ENVS524 Environmental Evaluation 19A (Hamilton) This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed. ENVSC503 Terrestrial Ecosystem-Atmosphere Exchange Processes 19B (Hamilton) Processes and factors controlling exchanges of water, carbon and greenhouse gases in natural or managed ecosystems, methodologies to quantify them, and approaches to mitigate undesirable anthropogenic consequences. ERTH591 Dissertation 19C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ERTH595 Earth Sciences Thesis 19C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SCIEN511 Scientific Supercomputing 19C (Block) A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge. SCIEN589 Directed Study 19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga) No description available. SCIEN592 Dissertation 19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. SCIEN593 Thesis 19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SCIEN594 Thesis 19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ERTH800 Earth Sciences MPhil Thesis 19C (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ERTH900 Earth Sciences PhD Thesis 19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton) No description available.
2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 11 July 2019 9:13am