GEOLOGY 4070A - Advanced Environmental Geoscience (Hons) Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
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) 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
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 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 DetailNew Zealand Field Trip Presentation 27%
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 during the trip itself. Three in-field tasks and field notebooks will be assessed during the trip. A final oral exam will held on return from the field. Alternative assessment options may be available for students not able to go on the New Zealand field trip.
Short course(s) (27%)
Each short course is assessed differently and may include a final exam, project, workshop or field assessment task/s.
Written summaries of scientific seminars (6%)
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 as follows:
1) Hypothesis and Aims
2) Background and Literature Review
5) Presenting your results
6) Results vs Discussion
7) Presentation Skills
Oral Exam (Support Tasks 1-3) (20%)
Thesis Support Tasks 1-3 will be presented and examined at an oral exam held in June. The student will be asked to comment on a series of questions related to tasks 1-3. The student’s supervisor/s and examiners, and the honours coordinator will conduct the oral exam.Research Seminars (20%)
Each seminar will be 15 minutes long with 5 minutes of questions. It is compulsory that all students attend all seminars.
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.
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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