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Undergraduate Course: Geophysics Project (EASC10065)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course aims to develop independence in the skills of research, project design and management, develop oral and written reporting skills, to encourage high quality technical presentation and non-technical written summaries. Project work is your main chance to work on your own topic of interest and to show your own initiative and programming or experimental skills.
Course description Further information available on "Senior Honours Geophysics Projects" on LEARN. See handbook.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Research Training for Geophysics (EASC09055)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 370 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Poster: 10% of course mark.
Report: 90% of your final mark.
Assessment deadlines
Poster session ¿ week 2 of semester 2.
Report ¿ Semester 2, Noon on Monday of Week 12
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 which is worth 10% of your mark for the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Conduct a comprehensive literature search relevant to a research topic and to select and summarise key findings.
  2. Understand how knowledge and understanding in the area is developed and some of the established techniques employed to achieve this.
  3. Have experience of the organisation and completion of an extended project where results and outcomes are not fully defined at the outset.
  4. Use advanced/specialised skills in research, e.g., laboratory, fieldwork, or computer analysis, practising significant autonomy and initiative.
  5. Produce a written report and give an oral presentation including a concise summary, description of methods and a critical discussion of results and conclusions.
Reading List
Supervisors will suggest project specific reading.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGP Project 2 semester
Course organiserProf Simon Tett
Tel: (0131 6)50 5341
Course secretaryMr Johan De Klerk
Tel: (0131 6)50 7010
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