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Undergraduate Course: Frontiers in Geophysics (EASC10070)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will engage students with the cutting edge of research into geophysics. Topics of current research interest will be chosen, which will vary from year to year. Students will be set to read the best papers in these fields and to discuss the issues involved in the research in round-table sessions coordinated by the Course Organiser. Underlying issues about research methodology and the development and evolution of a scientific paradigm will be addressed.
Course description Engage with the cutting edge of research in geophysics.

Select a topic of current international research interest, which will vary from year to year.
Read the best papers in these fields and to discuss the issues involved.

Discuss underlying issues about research methodology and the development and evolution of a scientific paradigm.

Use your para-professional knowledge and understanding to communicate your chosen topic to colleagues and other students.

Independent, self-driven work supervised by the course team.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 3rd Year Geophysics or
3rd Year Geophysics & Meteorology
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Feedback will be provided on:
1. Lecturer led peer discussion on Frontier Topic Proposal
2. Written feedback on submitted abstract
3. Lecturer and anonymous peer feedback on presentation and session chair performance.
4. Written Feedback on essays.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To have detailed knowledge of key areas of cutting edge research in geophysics.
  2. To understand how research methodology develops and evolves.
  3. To be able to discuss how science moves from one type of world view, or model of an operational systems, to another, giving examples for the coursework.
  4. To be able to critically identify and synthesise complicated and forming ideas presented via academic, peer reviewed journals.
  5. To make formal presentations on a research topic to an informed audience in an appropriate fashion.
Reading List
Course reading will be specific to the chosen frontier topic. In general this will be a selection of scientific publications and reports.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Wyn Williams
Tel: (0131 6)50 4909
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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