Undergraduate Course: Research Training for Geophysics (EASC09055)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Trained scientists need a variety of skills. The aim of this course is to provide a number of these skills before the students begin work on their individual research projects in the SH year. A major component of the course is a group project which will continue from one year to the next. It is anticipated that projects will be provided to cover a range of interests. In particular, meteorology or climate projects will be provided for students on the Geophysics+Meteorology degree. Potential ideas include:
- A detailed gravity survey of Edinburgh
- Analysis of a seismic dataset
- Fourier techniques for potential field datasets
- A micrometeorology survey of the Kings Buildings campus
- Construction of a radiation-balance climate model
In addition to the group project, the course covers a variety of research-related skills including the production of scientific research documents, the use of the scientific literature, the presentation of research at meetings and conferences etc.
The course also includes a substantial component on the ethics of research.
May be subject to change
S1 Week 1 Introduction to course and to group projects. Summary of each project from supervisors. Poll of interest from students.
S1 Week 2 The nature of the research literature. Referencing and how to do it properly. Use of Web of Knowledge and citation searches.
S1 Week 3 Scientific writing. The conventions that people tend to stick to. What makes good scientific writing and what makes bad scientific writing?
S1 Week 4 Typesetting skills. Use of LaTeX. Common pitfalls in presentation of scientific documents.
S1 Week 5 Introduction to literature review exercise and talk. Assignment of papers to be reviewed.
S1 Week 6 Statistics. How people lie with statistics and how to spot when they are doing this.
S1 Week 7 Figures in scientific documents. What makes a good figure? What makes a bad figure? How to avoid common mistakes.
S1 Week 8 Student practice presentations: part 1
S1 Week 9 Student practice presentations: part 2
S1 Week 10 Reserved
S2 Week 2 (provisional) Ethics (Note that this will take up all of the week, borrowing timetable slots from other courses wherever possible)
S2 Weeks 1-8 Work on group projects
S2 Week 9 Group presentations on group projects
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Physics of the Earth (EASC08016)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework - 100%
Assessment will consist of:
- Report on group project (8 credits, 40%)
- Group presentation on group project (2 credits, 10%)
- Short essay on an ethical issue (4 credits, 20%)
- Literature review (6 credits, 30%)
||The non-assessed individual presentations in S1 will provide feedback that will be useful for the assessed group presentation at the end of S2.
The literature review is assessed, but the feedback on this will be relevant to the individual reports on the group projects.
Each group project will be supervised by a staff member who will give feedback on progress during regular group meetings.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Work collaboratively in a group
- Be familiar with the scientific literature and how it works
- Understand some of the ethical issues that affect the conduct of scientific research
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the practicalities of a research technique of interest
|Day, RA and B Gastel, 2006. (6th edition - or more by now) 'How to write and publish a scientific paper'|
Ethics-related reading material referred to in the Appendix (mainly hand-outs).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Group work, research and writing skills, awareness of ethical issues
|Course organiser||Dr Hugh Pumphrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 6026
|Course secretary||Miss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510