GEOLOGY 7070 - Research Concepts in Earth Science
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 7070 Course Research Concepts in Earth Science Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available only to students in the Master of Science program specialisation Earth Science Course Description This course forms part of the Master of Science. (Earth Science) program. It consists of a (1) short course in data analysis and statistics (2) thesis support sessions and (3) writing and presentation tasks towards the research project of the program. This course equips post-graduate students with a wide range of transferable skills that are relevant to research in Earth Science as well as for graduate employment programs.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Stijn Glorie
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Develop and manage an Earth Science research project from hypothesis building to result interpretation; 2 Demonstrate a high-level of understanding of the key theoretical and practical aspects of research in Earth Science; 3 Collect, analyse, critically evaluate and synthesis quantitative/qualitative data, relevant to Earth Science; 4 Undertake computer analyses and modelling with industry-standard software; 5 Communicate effectively in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences;
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)
1,2,3,4 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
2,3,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4,5 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
1,2,5 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 course consists of:-
- Short courses in data analysis and statistics
- Scientific seminars
- Research seminar-
- Thesis support tasks
A student enrolled in this course should expect to spend, on average, 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures, seminars, meetings), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading, research and revision
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, 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes
both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures, seminars,meetings), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading, research and revision)
Learning Activities Summary
- Short courses in data analysis and statistics
- Scientific seminars
- Research seminar
- Thesis support tasks
Specific Course RequirementsCompulsory attendance at seminars and thesis support sessions
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 Hurdle Learning Outcome Due Literature review Summative
Yes 1,2,3 May Research seminar Summative 30% Yes 1,2,5 June
Written summaries of scientific seminars Summative 20% No 2,3,5 March-June Short course(s) Formative and Summative 30% No 3,4 March-June
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with
Hurdle or compulsory component
% needed to meet
hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component
Additional Assessment Available Additional Assessment Literature review 50% Yes Additional essay Research seminar 50% Yes New research seminar in similar format Attendance of at least 4 scientific seminars is compulsory Satisfactory written reports for at least 4 seminars Yes There will be more than 4 seminars to choose from Attendance at thesis support sessions is compulsory Attendance will be recorded Yes Recordings can be watched on-line (this will be monitored)
Assessment DetailLiterature review (20%)
A written literature review of no more than 3000 words will be assessed.
Research seminar (30%)
An oral seminar will be presented, including time for questions from the other students and staff. It is compulsory that all students attend all seminars.
Written summaries of scientific seminars (20%)
Four reports of no more than 500 words will be assessed. Reports need to be submitted no later than 1 week after each seminar and by weeks 4 for report 1, week 7 for report 2, week 10 for report 3 and week 13 for report 4.
Short course(s) (30%)
Each short course is assessed differently and may include a 2-hour final exam or written project.
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:
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.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Integrity for Students
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and study skills
- Careers Services
- International Student Support
- Library Services for Students
- LinkedIn Learning
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- YouX Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangements Policy
- Academic Integrity Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
- Reasonable Adjustments to Learning, Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.