GEOL356-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013

Field-focused Research Methods

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
18 Feb 2013 - 23 Jun 2013

Description

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).

Learning Outcomes

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.

Pre-requisites

A major in Geological Sciences and enrolment in the Frontiers Abroad programme.

Restrictions

GEOL230-231, GEOL240-241, GEOL351-352. Not open to students enrolled in a UC degree programme

Lectures
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm von Haast 210 18 Feb - 31 Mar

Tutorials
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Thursday 5:00pm-8:00pm von Haast 312A 18 Feb - 31 Mar,
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sam Hampton

Lecturers

Darren Gravley and Ben Kennedy

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Research project proposal 10% Research project proposal
Literature review 10% Literature review
In class and lab assignments, paper summaries and peer reviews 10% In class and lab assignments, paper summaries and peer reviews
Final research project 50% Final research project
Research presentation 20% Research presentation

Textbooks

Course Reader provided.

Course links

Library portal

Notes

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.

Fees

Domestic fee $747.00

International fee $3,488.00

For further information see Geological Sciences.

All GEOL356 Occurrences

  • GEOL356-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013