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Professional design or research project in Engineering Geology. The emphasis is on developing technical and professional skills by working on: progress presentations, progress reporting, project management, poster presentation and manuscript writing, all of which will constitute a portfolio that can be used in their professional careers.
The dissertation project itself may be primarily field based, it could be mostly a laboratory study, and there will be components of literature review and project planning involved. The students will be required to identify a supervisor and project sponsor and complete a proposal prior to commencing work. The emphasis is on developing technical and professional skills by working on: problem definition, problem solving, progress presentations, progress reporting, project management, poster presentation and manuscript writing, all of which will constitute a portfolio that can be used in your professional careers.Students will be responsible for time and project management, presentation of their, communication with colleagues and the project sponsors, and preparation of final dissertation outputs in the form of a conference manuscript and poster.
Students completing this course will be able to:1. Synthesise the various concepts from engineering geology2. Conduct a dissertation project using state of practice techniques with minimal supervision3. Network with practitioners in the field of engineering geology4. Work with colleagues and supervisors from university and industry5. Develop a portfolio demonstrating professional communication skills, including oral presentation, poster and manuscript
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
120 Points at 400-level including ENGE 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416 and DRRE402. Substitutions may be made in exceptional circumstances.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There are a few timetabled meeting times for professional development and progress presentations but the majority of the time spent on this course is self-directed working on the dissertation with support from your project advisor and others involved in the project.
Leanne Morgan (University of Canterbury)
Other staff from the Geological Sciences Department, and/or other University staff or outside practitioners, may also be involved with project supervision.
Assessment name Weighting Due date (if known)Project Preparation and Communication - 40 % - ThroughoutConference Poster, Manuscript and supporting appendices - 60 % - 9th December 2019 (Poster)and 31st January 2020 (Manuscript and appendices)
Recommended preparation: Completion of ENGE411, 412, 413, 414, 416, 417 and DRRE402
Domestic fee $4,018.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if less than 1 person applies to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.