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This is a focused undergraduate research course for students enrolled in the Frontiers Abroad programme. It is designed to link field mapping and data collection with instruction in research methods and dedicated tutorials in laboratory techniques and data processing.
GEOLOGY 356 is a focused undergraduate research course for students enrolled in the Frontiers Abroad programme. This course is designed to link field mapping and data collection with instruction in research methods and dedicated tutorials in laboratory techniques and data processing. As part of this course, students conduct their own independent research component as part of a larger team research project. At the end of the course students will have completed a series of learning objectives, written a Geology Magazine-style paper, and delivered a professional research presentation (oral or poster).
The goal of this course is to provide students with the basic skills with which to conduct scientific research and present/write up scientific results.Students will: Learn how to map a field area and design a sampling programme Learn how to design and write a research proposal that is punchy and scientifically rigorous Learn the art of peer reviewing Learn how to perform a library/online research Learn how to prepare and write a literature review Learn how to present research data (effective figures and tables) Learn the difference between an Abstract and an Introduction Learn how to structure a research report or article Learn how to make and deliver a professional research presentation.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
A major in Geological Sciences and enrolment in the Frontiers Abroad programme.
GEOL230-231, GEOL240-241, GEOL351-352. Not open to students enrolled in a UC degree programme
and Ben Kennedy
Course Reader provided.
Lectures and Labs: there will be one three hour combined lecture and laboratory each week – day and times to be coordinated with class at the start of semester.Field trips: a seven day field trip will be held in February prior to the start of semester. Dates TBA.
Domestic fee $747.00
International fee $3,488.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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