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SLE102 - Physical Geography

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Mark Warne

Campus contact:

Mark Warne (B, Cloud), Nick Porch (G)





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Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 4 x 2 hour practicals per trimester. Cloud (online) - Intensive: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also expected to attend 10 hours of intensive classes and practicals on the Burwood (Melbourne) campus.


This unit will examine interactions between the major components of planet Earth - the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. A particular emphasis is placed on the study of natural disasters and extreme natural events.  Major topics will include the formation and subsequent evolution of the earth; plate tectonics; soils, weathering and erosion; the hydrological cycle - including interactions between oceans, rivers, groundwater and polar ice: Earth weather.  Minor topics will include studies in the origin of the universe and solar system; the relationship between earth landforms and climate, global environmental change and the earth's energy and mineral resources.


Two class tests (30% each) 60%, two online practical quizzes (10% each) 20%, essay 20%

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