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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Geosciences Projects (EASC10009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is an independent research project carried out by the student supervised by staff(s). The work will be carried out over 4 weeks during the summer vacation and continuing into Semester 1, supported by a literature review submitted in Week 2 of Semester 1 in year 4.
Course description There are no lectures associated with this course. Students must spend 4 weeks on their research during the summer vacation and continue to work on the dissertation during Semester 1 when they don't have lectures and other commitments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Field Course in Tropical Marine and Terrestrial Geoscience (EASC09036) AND Quaternary Environmental Change (EASC09007) AND Environmental Techniques and Applications (EASC09045) AND Hydrogeology 1: Applied Hydrogeology (EASC10082) AND Geophysical Techniques for Terrestrial Environmental Applications (EASC10085) AND Environmental Pollution (ECSC09005) AND Aquatic Systems (EASC10099) AND Earth's Atmospheric Composition (EASC10098) AND Geochemistry (EASC09050)) AND ( Field Skills for Earth Surface Scientists (EASC09032) AND
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%.
The final mark of the Environmental Geosciences project consists of two components: a) 90 % are based on the mark for the dissertation, b) 10 % on the literature review. The word counts for the dissertation and the literature review are 6,000 and 2,500, respectively.

Assessment Deadlines
Literature review Submission: Semester 1, Monday week 3, 12 noon (submit online via Turnitin)
Dissertation Submission: Semester 2, Friday week 5, 12 noon (submit online via Turnitin)

Assessment and Feedback information
All details related to extensions procedures and late penalties can be found in the School of Geosciences General Information Handbook.
Feedback Feedback will be provided on three seminars illustrating the progress of the research project. These presentations will be given in Semester 1 (Week 8) and Semester 2 (Week 1). Feedback will also be provided on the literature review, during the duration of the research project (by the supervisor) and along with the assessment of the dissertation itself.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The literature review is designed to make students develop a detailed, critical, up to date understanding of a specific area of environmental geosciences related to their research project.
  2. The main learning outcome of the summer project is to enable students to exercise professional level autonomy and initiative, whilst implementing independent sampling and/or analytical research plans to address a specific environmental research question.
  3. Students are expected to offer professional level insights and identify the relevant outcomes of their project.
Reading List
Published papers in the specific field of research.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEG_Research Projects
Course organiserDr Simon Jung
Course secretaryMr Johan De Klerk
Tel: (0131 6)50 7010
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