GEOLOGY 4070A - Advanced Environmental Geoscience (Hons) Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 4070A Course Advanced Environmental Geoscience (Hons) Pt 1 Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 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 Coordinator: Dr Jonathan TylerDr Jonathan Tyler
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
1, 3, 4
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in this course should expect to spend, on average, 18 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures, seminars, meetings and fieldtrips), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading, research and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryNew 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.
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 RequirementsThis program includes a 12 day field trip to New Zealand and short course(s).
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Due Learning Outcome New Zealand Field Trip Formative & Summative 26.7% Refer to Honours Handbook ,5,6 OralAssessment formative & Summative 46.7% 1,3,4,6,7 Seminar Reports Summative 6.7% 1,5 Short course(s) Formative & Summative 20% 2,3,4
Assessment DetailNew Zealand Field Trip 26.7%
Prior to the trip a research topic will be that will cover some of the geology seen in New Zealand. These seminars form part of the assessment and will be held before and/or during the trip itself. Three in-field tasks and field notebooks will be assessed during the trip. A final oral exam will be held, or a final report upon return from the field. Alternative assessment options may be available for students not able to go on the New Zealand field trip
Oral Assessment Tasks (46.7%)
Thesis Support Tasks will be assessed through oral assessment through a poster, oral exam, and/or presentation at mid-year and after the thesis has been submitted.
Short course(s) (20%)
Each short course is assessed differently and may include a final exam, project, workshop or field assessment task/s.
Seminar Reports (6.7%)
A written summary of the problem the presenter is addressing, the methods they have used and any conclusions that they make is to be completed for each seminar attended. Notes should be taken during the presentation. You are expected to complete notes for at least 10 seminars.
Thesis Support Tasks are are seminars focusing on writing sections of your thesis including, but not limited to:
1) Hypothesis and Aims
2) Background and Literature Review
5) Presenting your results
6) Results vs Discussion
7) Presentation Skills
SubmissionAll items for assessment must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission: the submitted work will be marked 'without prejudice' and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each working day (or part of a day) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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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.
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