Module Identifier EA12010  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Alex Maltman  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite None. Available only to students registered for an Environmental Earth Studies degree.  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour lectures.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 x 1 hour tutorials plus 1 x 4 hour class on computing skills.  
Assessment Continuous assessment     100%  
  Resit assessment   No opportunity to resit.    

Module outline

This module introduces basic skills required of the professional earth scientist.

IT skills: the UWA network, WWW, email, basic word processing

Finding sources of technical information

Discussing technical subjects

Writing in good technical English

Keeping laboratory and field notebooks

Team skills

Studying efficiently

Giving effective oral presentations

Mastering basic numerical, physical and chemical skills

Producing effective technical reports

Planning your career.

The topics will be covered in a combination of staff presentations, videos, small-group discussions
(tutorials), and set exercises. An exact timetable will be made available at the beginning of the

Aims of the module

The module aims to engender confidence in professional skills


The student will be better equipped to utilise undergraduate opportunities and to face a professional career.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to :-