Earth Science

233.101 Introductory Earth Science15 credits
An introduction to earth materials and earth processes with special emphasis on their practical application.
233.202 Earth Science Field Work I15 credits
A field-camp-based introduction to the skills in the principles of stratigraphy and the construction of geologic maps.
233.203 Earth Science Field Work II15 credits
A practical field experience examining volcanological and geothermal deposits of the central North Island. Emphasis will be placed on geologic mapping in volcanic environments, tephrochronology, geothermal processes, geologic hazards and volcanic sedimentology.
233.205 Volcanology and Mineralogy15 credits
Principles of mineral and rock formation, including physical and chemical processes in magmas and volcanic eruption products; optical petrography of minerals and rocks; ore deposits and economic geology.
233.250 Understanding New Zealand Geology15 credits
The geological strata of New Zealand record a complex interaction between sedimentology, stratigraphy and structural geology. This course concentrates on the geological history of New Zealand through the principles of stratigraphy, the processes and products of sedimentation, the basics of structural geology and geological dating techniques. There is an emphasis on the applications of the techniques and methods presented, such as for volcanic hazards, earthquakes and oil and gas exploration.
233.251 GIS and Remote Sensing15 credits
A journey of discovery in the world of geospatial information. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to store, query and manipulate spatial datasets. Develop an understanding of how these data are gathered using remote sensing techniques and analysed using digital image analysis.
233.301 Advanced Remote Sensing15 credits
Remote sensing techniques and applications for environmental sciences. Remote sensing/GIS integration. Exploiting relevant World Wide Web resources.
233.302 Earth Science Field Work III15 credits
A field-camp in advanced geological mapping, advanced geological structures and relevant Quaternary geology.
233.310 Pedology and Quaternary Geology15 credits
An advanced course on the application of soil properties to soil identification and soil genesis in New Zealand. Principles of the Quaternary geological development of New Zealand.
233.350 How the Earth Works15 credits
The principles of plate tectonics, rock deformation, and regional and global tectonic geology.
233.701 Advanced Pedology30 credits
An advanced course in processes of soil formation, soils in the landscape, soil classification systems, techniques of description and mapping of soils, soil stratigraphy and properties of soils.
233.705 Volcanology and Tephrochronology30 credits
An advanced course investigating physical volcanology and tephrochronology, including tephra identification, tephra fingerprinting, volcanic mineralogy and geochemistry, and volcanic hazards.
233.706 Environmental Geographical Information Systems30 credits
Application of geospatial analytical techniques within the environmental sciences, with particular emphasis on cartographic modelling, data fusion, database query, decision support and image integration.
233.707 Environmental Remote Sensing30 credits
Remote sensing of the environment: techniques and applications. The course will emphasise the use of digital analysis of remotely sensed imagery and data. The integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), digital elevation models (DEMs) and remotely sensed data will be studied in detail.
233.708 Geochemistry30 credits
A study of the Earth's geochemical systems, including igneous geochemistry and stable and radiogenic isotope systems. Absolute and relative geochronological methods are a key aspect of this course. Fundamental geochemical concepts, sample preparation, and the use of geochemical standards will be discussed. Analytical techniques of importance to geochemistry will be examined.
233.709 Advanced Sedimentology30 credits
An advanced course on the analysis of sedimentary basins and the sequences within basins.
233.710 Geology, Hazard & Society; Environmental Geology A15 credits
The Earth's finite water, soil, mineral and energy resources: engineering geology, geological hazards and hazard assessments; geohydrology and water management.
233.711 Applied Environmental Geology; Environmental Geology B15 credits
The Earth's finite water, soil, mineral and energy resources: geology in relation to plant, animal and human health, mining and the environment, artisanal and small-scale mining.
233.721 Global Climate Change15 credits
This course provides an advanced coverage of key themes in global Quaternary climate change research, including the methods for investigating, and mechanisms which drive, Quaternary climate change. Students attend a two day short course hosted by GNS Science as part of the course requirements.
233.722 Advanced Quaternary Geology15 credits
Advanced study into the historical development and principles of the Quaternary chronostratigraphy of New Zealand. Topics include the Quaternary stratigraphy of selected regions or countries, the effects of climate change on Quaternary deposits, Quaternary tectonics and Quaternary deposits as aquifers.
233.799 Research Report30 credits
233.870 Research Report60 credits
233.871 Thesis 90 Credit Part 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.872 Thesis 90 Credit Part 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.875 Thesis90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
233.900 PhD Earth Science120 credits

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