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GEOS809 – Geophysics Laboratory Project

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mark Lackie
12WW (E7A) Room 108
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Students in this unit complete an approved laboratory or computer project in an area of geophysics. The completed project must be presented as a scientific report suitable for publication in a technical journal.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  2. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  3. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  4. Understanding scientific methodology
  5. Ability to acquire quality scientific data

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Initial Proposal 5% No Week 2
Literature Review 15% No Week 4
Scientific Report 70% No Week 12
Presentation 10% No Week 13

Initial Proposal

Due: Week 2
Weighting: 5%

Formulate a proposal to undertake a scientific investigation of a problem.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology

Literature Review

Due: Week 4
Weighting: 15%

Undertake a review of the literature about a key aspect of the scientific problem being considered or the technique that is being used to answer the problem.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology

Scientific Report

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 70%

Collect, analyse and/or model data that has been collected to answer a scientific question. Interpret that data and then write a scientific report on that data and how it relates to the research question.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology
  • Ability to acquire quality scientific data

Presentation

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

Give a presentation on the findings of the research undertaken.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology

Delivery and Resources

There is no textbook for the unit.  

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology
  • Ability to acquire quality scientific data

Assessment tasks

  • Initial Proposal
  • Literature Review
  • Scientific Report

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology

Assessment tasks

  • Initial Proposal
  • Literature Review
  • Scientific Report

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology
  • Ability to acquire quality scientific data

Assessment tasks

  • Initial Proposal
  • Literature Review
  • Scientific Report

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence
  • Understanding scientific methodology

Assessment tasks

  • Initial Proposal
  • Literature Review
  • Scientific Report
  • Presentation