PETROGEO 4020 - Petroleum Geoscience: Hons Research Project Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course involves conducting a supervised research project which is written up as a thesis. Research projects will be in an agreed area of cutting-edge geoscience that is of relevance to the petroleum industry. Research projects will be allocated once students have enrolled and begun studying within the program. This course must be taken with PETROGEO 4021.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 4020
    Course Petroleum Geoscience: Hons Research Project Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Regular supervisory meetings will be held between students & their supervisors throughout Semester 2. The exact timing and frequency of meetings will vary between students and supervisors, to suit, but is typically either weekly or fortnightly.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PETROGEO 4010, 4011, 4012, 4013
    Corequisites PETROL 4021
    Course Description This course involves conducting a supervised research project which is written up as a thesis. Research projects will be in an agreed area of cutting-edge geoscience that is of relevance to the petroleum industry. Research projects will be allocated once students have enrolled and begun studying within the program. This course must be taken with PETROGEO 4021.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete PetroGeo 4020+4021
    1) Be able to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information in order to interpret geological data and apply them to solving problems pertinent to the oil and gas industry.
    2) Have developed advanced research skills, in order to critically evaluate and appropriately apply established understanding of the science to a dataset.
    3) Be able to work well independently and as part of a team, and to communicate their knowledge and understanding to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
    4) Have demonstrated their autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, and responsibility as a geoscientist.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-2-3-4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-2-3-4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-2-3-4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-2-4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3-4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Following completion of the coursework program, you will embark full-time on your research project. The end product is a substantial thesis, representing an expected total student workload of 624 hours (13 weeks of the University of Adelaide standard expectation of 48 hours work per week). You will have 15 weeks of dedicated time within which to work on your research projects, from 13th July to 30th October.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Each thesis will be examined by at least two examiners. The final mark given for the thesis component comprises: 10% = research proposal; 10% = oral presentation of the thesis as part of an oral examination; 80% = the average of marks awarded by the examiners after reading the thesis and observing the student’s performance in answering questions as part of the oral examination. Theses will be assessed using the Honours Thesis Assessment Rubric. This will be provided via MyUni, and explained during the Writing Workshop.
    Assessment Detail

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    Check the Degree Program Information book
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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