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GEOS7922 – Advanced Field and Laboratory Techniques

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ken Cheng
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This foundation unit provides opportunities for preparative training and hands-on experience in learning cutting-edge field and/or laboratory techniques in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Generic research skills developed include research planning, time management, budgeting, note-taking, sketching and formulation of a field sampling or laboratory investigation campaign. Students will explore advanced analytical techniques that may include using high-end equipment and/or completing a field trip that develops field methods, such as geomorphological, soil or outcrop analysis, or terrestrial or marine sample collection. Students will gain a highly tailored experience of advanced techniques relevant to their specific research interests in consultation with a research group or research mentor. Students will demonstrate mastery of new skills through production of a field or laboratory report and associated activities.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and advanced analytical techniques through the design and implementation of a project plan to answer a specific research question
  • ULO2: Effectively communicate the design of a field sampling or laboratory investigation to your peers and project-relevant academics using verbal and written methods
  • ULO3: Work professionally with a research supervisor, and other research collaborators as required to plan and undertake a research project.
  • ULO4: Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

General Assessment Information

Project Plan Presentation

Assessment Type: Presentation

Indicative Time on Task: 10 hours

A 10 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A on the proposed project plan including methods, budget and timeline

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and advanced analytical techniques through the design and implementation of a project plan to answer a specific research question

  • Effectively communicate the design of a field sampling or laboratory investigation to your peers and project-relevant academics using verbal and written methods

Lab/Field notebook

Assessment Type: Lab book

Indicative Time on Task: 0 hours

Record of field and/or laboratory activities including reflections on limitations and assumptions of the project design. May contain raw, observational data acquired in the field or in a practical activity, Records may include analyses of data and a discussion of what the data reveal.

On successful completion you will be able to:

Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

Project Report

Assessment Type: Report Indicative Time on Task: 57 hours

Project report to include introduction to research question, methods and research plan and research findings.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and advanced analytical techniques through the design and implementation of a project plan to answer a specific research question

  • Work professionally with a research supervisor, and other research collaborators as required to plan and undertake a research project.

  • Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

Reflection task

Assessment Type: Reflective Writing

Indicative Time on Task: 5 hours

Written reflection on initial individual project plan and recommendations in planning and undertaking research projects to avoid potential pitfalls based on group discussion and reflection.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Lab/Field notebook 30% No 22 October 23:59
Project Report 50% No 31 October 23:59
Project Plan Presentation 10% No 19 August 11-1, in class
Reflection task 10% No 5 November 23:59

Lab/Field notebook

Assessment Type 1: Lab book
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: 22 October 23:59
Weighting: 30%

 

Record of field and/or laboratory activities including reflections on limitations and assumptions of the project design. May contain raw, observational data acquired in the field or in a practical activity, Records may include analyses of data and a discussion of what the data reveal.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

Project Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 57 hours
Due: 31 October 23:59
Weighting: 50%

 

Project report to include introduction to research question, methods and research plan and research findings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and advanced analytical techniques through the design and implementation of a project plan to answer a specific research question
  • Work professionally with a research supervisor, and other research collaborators as required to plan and undertake a research project.
  • Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

Project Plan Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 19 August 11-1, in class
Weighting: 10%

 

A 10 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A on the proposed project plan including methods, budget and timeline

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and advanced analytical techniques through the design and implementation of a project plan to answer a specific research question
  • Effectively communicate the design of a field sampling or laboratory investigation to your peers and project-relevant academics using verbal and written methods

Reflection task

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: 5 November 23:59
Weighting: 10%

 

Written reflection on initial individual project plan and recommendations in planning and undertaking research projects to avoid potential pitfalls based on group discussion and reflection.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Appropriately record research findings and utilise these records to produce a research report and reflect on initial project design.

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

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