GEOLOGY 4080A - Honours Environmental Geoscience Project Pt 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 4080A Course Honours Environmental Geoscience Project 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 4070 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 independent research, guided by a supervisor. This course equips honours students with a knowledge of research process as well as a wide range of field and/or laboratory skills and project management.
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 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:
• Independent research project
• Scientific seminars
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, 32 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 SummaryIndependent Research Project
All honours students will have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project, which may include fieldwork, laboratory analysis and/or computing. The student will be guided through this project by a supervisor, expert to the field of research.
Written summaries of scientific seminars
Each student is also expected to attend weekly seminars in Earth Sciences or relevant seminars elsewhere in the university. These seminars will contribute to your own research project by means of developing your skill in particular methods or interpretation of data. You may be excused attendance at seminars during fieldwork and/or instrument sessions or illness.
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 Due Weighting Learning Outcome Thesis Project Summative
96% 1-7 Written summaries of scientific seminars Formative & Summative March-Oct 4% 1,5
Assessment DetailIndependent Research Project (96%)
The thesis will have a preset format that is common to all students submitting. The format is as a manuscript submittable to the Australian Journal of Earth Science. The main text has a rigorous 8000 word limit (this includes all titles and sub-titles and in text references). This does not include the abstract, main title, table of contents, list of figures, figure captions, references (i.e. bibliography), acknowledgements and appendices. A thesis with main text longer than 8,000 words will incur a 5% penalty for every 5% over the word limit of 8000 words. The final draft is due in late October and must be posted on the MyUni system.
Written summaries of scientific seminars (4%)
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.
SubmissionThe independent research project 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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