Undergraduate Course: Frontiers in Earth Science (GESC11003)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce students to current debates in the geosciences, presented through the medium of topical papers from high-impact, peer reviewed journals and by invited lecturers.
Students will draw on, and reinforce, skills acquired during the Project Design and Literature Analysis course (GESC11001) to research wider areas of geoscience debate related to their individual research projects. This will allow students to place their own research into the much broader context of major research areas in the geosciences.
The Course Organiser will invite five lecturers, depending on their research subject, to connect to the students research interests. Schedule to be confirmed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
The course work comprises an essay describing advancement of a particular research field. The word count should not exceed 2000 words including figure captions but excluding references. The essay should contain an introduction to a specific research field (including why it is important to society), the major finds (discovery) within the research field, and specifically how the research field may advance in future. The introductory and discovery sections should be well referenced and account for 50% of the final mark. The vision of future research section accounts for the other 50%.
The essay should be handed in before 16.00pm on Friday 31st of March. Course leader provides feedback within two weeks.
||Feedback will be provided by the invited lecturers during the seminars. In addition, the course leader will provide feedback on the assessed essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- The main learning outcome of this course is to understand the nature of the scientific debate as it applies within the observational sciences.
- By taking this course, students will develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of some key areas within geology and they will be able to summarise these arguments and present them in an appropriate fashion.
- Students will be given the opportunity to work with specialists in their particular field of research and will present a critical review of said field for the assessment and suggest how this field might advance in the future.
- Students will be able to critically identify professional level problems and issues and offer professional level interpretations.
|Illuminating Earth's Past, Present, and Future: Science Plan of the International Ocean Discovery Program 2013-2023.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Dick Kroon
Tel: (0131 6)50 4509
|Course secretary||Miss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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