GEOLOGY 4070A - Advanced Environmental Geoscience (Hons) Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course forms part of the honours program in Environmental Geoscience. It consists of research, writing and presentation tasks towards your major research project, short courses and a major field camp. This course equips honours students with a wide range of skills for graduate employment programs or further postgraduate research

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOLOGY 4070A
    Course Advanced Environmental Geoscience (Hons) Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites GEOLOGY 4080
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This course forms part of the honours program in Environmental Geoscience. It consists of research, writing and presentation tasks towards your major research project, short courses and a major field camp. This course equips honours students with a wide range of skills for graduate employment programs or further postgraduate research
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Tyler

    Dr Jonathan Tyler
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A successful student in this course should be able to:

    1 Develop and manage an Environmental Geoscience research project from hypothesis building to result interpretation;
    2 Develop their own fieldwork program;
    3 Conduct laboratory analyses using state-of-the-art instrumentation;
    4 Undertake computer analyses and modelling with industry-standard software;
    5 Communicate with industry and government scientists;
    6 Attend and present results at conferences, workshops and/or meetings, and;
    7 Write a scientific publication that can be developed into a refereed publication.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,5,6,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4,5,6,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2,5,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,5,6,7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Environmental Geoscience Honours course consists of:
    • A field trip to examine the impacts of climate change and modern/ancient human activity upon the environment. 
    • A short course in geoscience data analysis
    • Scientific seminars
    • Research seminar
    • Thesis support tasks (including weekly lectures and research tasks)
    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    New Zealand Field Trip
    All honours students will have the opportunity to attend an excursion to New Zealand. The field trip will explore the long term impacts of climate change and human activity (both modern and ancient) upon the Earth System in New Zealand. Activities will include mapping of glacial and fluvial geomorphology, contemporary glacial dynamics, sediment collection, field description and interpretation, observation of cave depositional environments, study of biogeochemical cycles and study of palaeontological sites and/or remains. The trip is held in February/March.

    Short course(s)
    Students will undertake one or more short courses in the broad area of earth sciences.


    Written summaries of scientific seminars
    Each student is expected to attend weekly seminars in Earth Sciences and across the university. 


    Thesis Support Tasks (Oral Exam and Research Seminar)
    Each student is expected to attend the compulstory regular thesis support sessions whcih aims to outline the required parts of a thesis and guide students toward the best outputs.  Each thesis support session will focus on a different part of the thesis (e.g. hypothesis, methods, discussion) and provide a framework for this section, its construction and completion.  A peer review system is an important component of this.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This program includes a 12 day field trip to New Zealand and short course(s).
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Due Learning Outcome
    New Zealand Field Trip  Formative & Summative 27% Feb-March 2,5,6
    Oral Exam Summative 20% June 1,3,4,6,7
    Written Summaries of scientific seminars Summative 6% March-Oct 1,5
    Short course(s) Formative & Summative 27% Feb-June 2,3,4
    Research Seminar Summative 20% November 1,5,6,7
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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