Knowledge of earth science underpins a variety of other sciences, including those that relate to horticulture, agriculture, soil chemistry, environmental issues and atmospheric and weather changes. Currently, there is a shortage of earth scientists in Australia, and future career options are wonderfully varied. These include working in the energy sector, the exploration and mining industries, for government agencies like the CSIRO or in environmental consulting companies.
The Certificate of Earth Scienceis an online program that will enable you to tackle a range of challenges including acting against pollution and climate change, understanding earthquakes and eruptions, and developing new technologies to counteract some of these issues.
In this professional development course, you will explore the scope and nature of the earth’s forces and structure, including in rocks and minerals, the air and weather and in our tides and oceans.
You will also study global weather patterns, the greenhouse effect, the geological time scale and modern environmental issues like conservation, pollution and waste and resource depletion.
On completion of this course, you will have obtained a richer understanding of the environment and environmental resources, and how you can affect change for the benefit of science, industry and our planet and its inhabitants.
Sedimentary rocks; detrital, chemical and biochemical rocks
Unit 3 - Surface changes
Streams; birth of a stream, stream flow, deposited stream sediment
Ground water and land subsidence
Aquifers and confining beds
Soil; parent materia, time, climate, life forms, slope
Soil profile, horizons
Unit 4 - The oceans
Scope and nature of oceans
Land scale currents
Convergence and divergence
The ocean floor
The marine food chain
Unit 5 - Air and weather
The hydrological cycle
Atmosphere and circulation of essential elements
Structure of the atmosphere, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, seasons
The greenhouse effect
Wind; local winds, wind erosion, wind in arid climates
Unit 6 - The greenhouse effect
Anthropomorphic changes to global climates
Ozone layer and ozone destruction
Unit 7 - Global weather patterns
Climate classification; tropics, dry climates, humid mid latitude and mild climates, polar climates, etc
Unit 8 - Geological time
Geological time scale
Types of fossils
Radiometric dating; radiocarbon dating, radioactivity, half life
Unit 9 - Modern environmental issues
Balance of nature
Major current environmental events
Pollution and waste
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for those wishing to gain an understanding of the environment and environmental resources, including atmospheric and weather changes, as well as soil chemistry.