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GEOS7901 – Research Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
SimonTurner
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
GEOS8801
Unit description Unit description

This foundation unit facilitates student transition from undergraduate studies to the scientific research environment. The unit provides advanced training in research methods and develops a variety of practical skills that are required to become a successful researcher in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students will shadow a current PhD student or staff scientist to experience some of the active research being conducted within the department. Students will be trained in technical software and will investigate research techniques relevant to their specific research interests.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a working understanding of strategies and methods of conducting research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as knowledge of general research tools and practices.
  • ULO2: Actively engage with on-going research activities in the department and develop hand's on experience with the methods used.
  • ULO3: Analyze the ethics associated with their scientific discipline and how it relates to publishing scientific research papers
  • ULO4: Apply effective communication strategies for sharing research results in writing, oral and graphical form.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation 15% No N/A
Ethics Case Study 25% No week 7
Research experience and planning project 50% No Week 13
Scientific Figure 10% No Week 10

Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: N/A
Weighting: 15%

This mark includes participation in seminar discussions and minor assignments associated with lectures.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of strategies and methods of conducting research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as knowledge of general research tools and practices.
  • Actively engage with on-going research activities in the department and develop hand's on experience with the methods used.
  • Analyze the ethics associated with their scientific discipline and how it relates to publishing scientific research papers
  • Apply effective communication strategies for sharing research results in writing, oral and graphical form.

Ethics Case Study

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: week 7
Weighting: 25%

A written case study on a scientific ethics topic


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of strategies and methods of conducting research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as knowledge of general research tools and practices.
  • Analyze the ethics associated with their scientific discipline and how it relates to publishing scientific research papers

Research experience and planning project

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 50%

engage with an active research/project within the department, develop a research proposal and present the results


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of strategies and methods of conducting research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as knowledge of general research tools and practices.
  • Actively engage with on-going research activities in the department and develop hand's on experience with the methods used.
  • Apply effective communication strategies for sharing research results in writing, oral and graphical form.

Scientific Figure

Assessment Type 1: Design Implementation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 10%

Construct a scientific figure fit for journal publication using graphics editing software.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of strategies and methods of conducting research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as knowledge of general research tools and practices.
  • Apply effective communication strategies for sharing research results in writing, oral and graphical form.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

A variety of different software is throughout in this unit and it is highly recommended that each student has a laptop.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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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.

IT Help

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