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Undergraduate Course: Geophysics Project for Placement Students (GESC11014)

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
SummaryThis course provides a project choice for students doing a placement year and could be a project that is co-developed with their placement employer with the output a report that suggests action rather than a scientific report which describes a research project. Or students can, with agreement from the CO and supervisor, carry out any research project which they are expected to initiate. In this case marking criteria will be that from the integrated masters programme though with the expectation that the project work is 400 hours and student will not have done project design & literature analysis, nor Scientific computing skills. For both marks of 70% or above should be a report that could be used by placement partner or, in the case of a research project, be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Early in Semester 2 you will take part in a poster session.
Course description This course aims to develop independence in the skills of project design and management, develop oral and written reporting skills, to encourage high quality technical presentation and non-technical written summaries. Project work is student¿s main chance to work on their own topic of interest, to show initiative, programming or experimental skills, and to work with placement partner. Project topic and description should be initiated by the student and could develop their work in the placement year, or could be on any topic, as agreed by the CO and identified supervisor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 392 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment details
Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Final report: 90%. Evaluation of poster: 10%

Assessment Deadlines
Poster session ¿ week 2 of semester 2.
Final 40 Credit Report ¿ Semester 2, Noon on Monday of Week 12


Feedback will be given week-to-week by supervisor and on final report by two markers
Feedback Regular (~30 minutes per week for about 8 hours in total) meetings with supervisor(s) allow for discussion of ideas, results and plans. Supervisors will provide feedback on an outline plan and sample text (~2 pages) for your report. Markers provide written feedback on your final report. You give an oral presentation of your results in S2, with immediate oral (questions) and written feedback (comments) from staff and peers as part of the ¿International Field Course¿. Early in Semester 2 you will take part in a poster session where you will get feedback from your fellow students and academics.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The student will be able to undertake an independent project in a Geoscience topic, producing excellent work with actionable recommendations
  2. The student will demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories associated with their chosen topic which will be informed by recent developments
  3. The student will understand scientific methodology, the use of statistics, the analytical tools employed, concepts of accuracy and precision
  4. The student will apply a range of standard and specialised techniques to achieve their objectives
  5. The student will be able to write a report on their work which is clearly written, accurate, evidence based and provides recommendations for action understandable by a non-specialist or a draft paper suitable for submission to the peer-reviewed literature.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Working independently; Synthesis of data and literature into a concise and coherent report; Presentation skills; Communication skills.
Keywordsprojects,report writing
Course organiserProf Simon Tett
Tel: (0131 6)50 5341
Course secretaryMr Johan De Klerk
Tel: (0131 6)50 7010
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