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Undergraduate Course: Geoscience Research Project (GESC11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryStudents will undertake an independent research project on an area of their choice in the field of Geoscience. They will draw on skills acquired in courses on Research Methods and Transferable Skills and Project Design and Literature Analysis to ensure that the project is well designed and achievable.
Course description Work will be independent and undertaken alone or in small groups. The class will only meet together for one introductory lecture and for assessed presentations. Students are expected to communicate, or meet with CO on an as-needed basis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to meet field costs depending on expense and other costs associated with the project. Field work is not an essential part of each project.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 392, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

Project seminar and poster (30%)
Research Project (70%)

Written Research Project (70%)
Written Project reports should provide a concise and accurate summary of project work conducted during the Integrated masters year and conclusions that can be drawn from this work, and should place the student┐s work within the broader context of other research conducted in the field. It is expected that project reports should be around 6000 words, excluding abstract, figure captions, tables, references and any appendices. Project reports will be submitted in early May, and will be prepared in the form of a short scientific paper, as would be submitted to an international Geosciences journal. Suggested formatting for the report is double spaced text, with figures tables and captions embedded in the body of the text. One inch margins and font size 12 are recommended, text size for the reference list can be smaller, but should still be easily legible.

Project Seminar and Poster (30%)
Research seminars will take the form of short 15-minute presentations of the type given at international scientific conferences (5 minutes extra will be allocated for questions and discussion at the end of each talk) and a poster. An abstract of up to 350 words (for the main text), to include the project title, your name and the name of your supervisor is to be submitted one week before the seminars). The presentation should be aimed at an audience with a wide range of scientific backgrounds. Seminars and project posters will be presented at the Integrated Masters Seminar day, which will be open to all School of GeoSciences students and staff. The poster, usually A0 in size and orientated vertically, will be displayed both during the seminar day, and usually for a few days afterwards. The seminars and posters will provide students with the opportunity to view each other┐s completed project results, as well as give staff the opportunity to provide final feedback on the project analysis and results before the written reports are submitted.

Assessment deadlines

Project seminar and poster (30%):
(prepared for the Integrated Masters Seminar Day provisionally set as 29th April 2015).

Research Project (70%): due 6th May 2015, 1pm.
Feedback The Course Organizer (Calder) will hold an open door policy throughout the year for MEarthSci / MEarthPhys students requiring general information and feedback about the undertaking of a research project. The CO will also provide general feedback on the advancement of the project through the Project Design and Literature Analysis course. Written feedback will be provided on the project proposals and seminars.

Research Project Supervisors will provide specific information and feedback on scientific aspects of the projects and will provide general feedback during planning of the project and ongoing consultation throughout the project. It is anticipated that valuable feedback would also be available from interactions within the wider research group such as through discussion amongst supporting postdoctoral staff and postgraduate students. Written feedback will be given on the literature review, draft project proposal and project report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The student will be able to undertake research in a Geoscience topic, producing detailed work of an original and high quality.
  2. The student will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal and specialised theories associated with their chosen topic which will be informed by recent developments.
  3. The student will be able apply a range of standard and specialised techniques to achieve their objectives.
  4. The student will be able to write a scientific report on their research which is accurate, appropriately illustrated, argued and referenced.
  5. The student will be able to present this work in a range of appropriate formats and will communicate their findings with peers and more senior members of the department.
Reading List
Students are expected to read widely on their selected topic area
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Work will be independent and undertaken alone or in small groups. The class will only meet for assessed presentations.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Eliza Calder
Tel: (0131 6)50 4910
Email: Eliza.Calder@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Casey Hollway
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
Email: Casey.Hollway@ed.ac.uk
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