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Field-focused Research Methods
2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials, field trips and assessments.GEOL356 / ENVR356 is an undergraduate research course for students enrolled in the Frontiers Abroad programme. This course is designed to link field modules and/or data collection with instruction in research methods and tutorials dedicated to working in research teams analyzing, processing and interpreting data. 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 short journal-article style paper, and delivered a professional research presentation.
This course seeks to provide students with the basic skills to conduct scientific research by doing research, present/write up scientific results, interact with your peers within a research team, and culturally engage with New ZealandLearning OutcomesLearning how to conduct research by doing research (experiential learning)Learning about one’s own identity through engagement with other persons and communities during the research processLearning the value of cultural competency via the research process (i.e. engagement with Iwi and learning fundamentals of tikanga Maori through pre-term marae visits and research data collection) Learn how to design and write a research proposal that is punchy and scientifically rigorousLearn the art of peer reviewingLearn how to perform a library/online searchLearn how to prepare and write a literature reviewLearn how to present research data (effective figures and tables)Learn the difference between an Abstract and an IntroductionLearn how to structure a research report or articlesLearn how to make and deliver a professional research presentationLearn how to structure and write a research article
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
2-hour weekly lecture, 3-hour weekly tutorial. Pre Semester Field Trip (4 Days)
Research Proposal - 10% Paper Critique - 10% Introduction - 10% Reflection and Class participation - 10% Abstract - 5% Research poster and presentation - 25% Research manuscript / paper / report - 30%
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the Frontiers Abroad programme and HoD (Geological Sciences) approvalRestrictions:Enrolment in the Frontiers Abroad programmeRecommended preparation: As a half-year, 30-point course, you are expected to spend approximately 25 hours per week on average for your research. Contact hours include 4 days in the field (30 hours), 60 lectures/tutorial hours, and more than 200 additional hours (~17 hours a week) in course-related self-learning. Course assignments are designed to reinforce skill sets and information addressed in the course. By engaging thoughtfully and thoroughly with the course experiences we hope you will begin to merge prior knowledge with new knowledge, and meld this with what you are learning with and from your peers.
Domestic fee $1,820.00
International fee $8,875.00
* 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 fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.
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