|| EA30920 |
|| EARTH, PLANTERARY AND SPACE SCIENCES PROJECT |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Professor Alex Maltman |
|| Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters) |
|| Professor Geraint Vaughan, Dr Robert Whittington |
|| Year 2 EPSS modules |
|| Dissertation || Semester 1, week 2: Otline of proposed experimental work to Physics Supervisor. About 1 page which is intended to allow supervisor and student to plan work properly. Semester 2, week 2 (optional): Draft of the application part of the dissertation to the IGES supervisor. Last Friday of Lent term (4:00pm): submission of dissertation. || 75% |
|| Presentation || Oral Presentation After Easter: Oral presentation (15 minutes): exact date to be determind || 10% |
|| Course work || Laboratory Diary || 15% |
This module consists of a study of a topic in Earth or Planetary Sciences and normally contains two lements:
- Laboratory work in Physics. The student will be expected to review a body of theory and extract a hypothesis to test, normally in the form of a mathematical relationship. He/she will then design, build and operate a laboratory experiment to test the hypothesis.
- Dissertation. This should contain a report on:
(i) the theory and experimental work in Physics.
(ii) the application of these ideas to the terrestrial or planetary environment.
Equal weighting will be given to the two elements of the dissertation. The dissertation should not contain more than 5000 words (including references) and should contain appropriate graphs and diagrams for the laboratory part.
The main form of assessment will be via the dissertation, but marks will also be given for the Laboratory Diary and an Oral Presentation of the results (see below).
Additional learning activities
Learning activities will vary from project to project
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:-
undertake independent research in Earth or Planetary Sciences involving both literature searches and experimental work
design and implement an experiment to investigate a scientific hypothesis
present the results of research both orally and in writing
demonstrate in depth knowledge of their chosen subject area
demonstrate critical thought
demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research
demonstrate the ability to synthesise conflicting/ complimentary arguements
present, where appropriate, data in numerate form