On-line quizzes on workshops
After each workshop on Monday a quiz will open to make sure you have read and understood the lecture material, practical, and weekly reading. The 12 quizzes will be available on-line through the iLearn system and together are worth 10% of the unit mark. The quizzes are in each weekly section of iLearn; also see the shortcuts to all quizzes from the “Activities” panel on the right hand side of the iLearn page. You will do the quizzes in your own time, open book, and they will be open until 23:59 on the following Friday (41/2 days to do each of them). The question order will be forced (i.e. you can’t go back to a question later) and random, there will be a time limit of 30 mins on the workshop quizzes, and you only get one go. There is no workshop or quiz in week 13 (oral presentation day). The 10% quiz mark will be derived by summing all 12 of the lecture quizzes and normalising. Each quiz is worth the same amount.
You will be given specific details of what is expected for the Earth System Science Research Report (20%) when it is released. The assignment will involve a written research report, in which your use of English and referencing the source of your ideas is important. The assignments will be released to you on iLearn in Week 2, and will be discussed in that week’s workshop.
The assignment is essay based, so skill at writing reports is important. The assignment topic must be fully researched and the report written in your own words. Cutting and pasting information from web pages is NOT acceptable. Information you obtain from other sources (brief quotes, images, ideas) must be fully referenced in the text (author, year), with references listed at the end of the essay (year, author, title, journal or link). The assignment will be submitted for turnitin checking and grademark assessment through iLearn. You will not need to produce hard copy. The assignment will be due on Wednesday of Week 6 (1st September) at 5pm.
LATE PENALTIES (loss of marks) will apply for work that is late where no extension has been granted: it is a 5% per day penalty for late work (i.e. 1/20 of the marks allocated to the exercise will be deducted for each day that the work is late).
Oral: Earth System Evolution presentation, addressing a topical question in Earth System Science and Historical Geology
A long list of possible topics for the oral presentations (20%) will be released in week 10. You will have the choice to pick a topic from this list. First come first served! The presentations will be in week 13, and will be for approximately 10 mins each, including questions. The presentations will be marked by academic staff on the unit and some invited postdocs/PhD students from DEES, as well as by peer assessment (you…!).
The mid-semester test (10%) will occur at the start of the week 7 workshop on Monday 6 September, in the week before the semester break. It will be a short test of the week 1–6 lectures, unit reading material, and practical exercises. The educational rationale for the mid-semester test is to check that you are on track in terms of your learnings from the unit.
The unit examination (40%) will be based on lectures, unit reading material, practical exercises, information you should have absorbed through completing the assignment and oral presentation, and any other material presented during classes.