Module Identifier EA30920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Alex Maltman  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Geraint Vaughan, Dr Robert J Whittington  
Pre-Requisite Year 2 EPSS modules  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 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%
Semester Assessment Presentation: Oral Presentation After Easter: Oral presentation (15 minutes): exact date to be determind10%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Laboratory Diary  15%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

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).

Transferable skills

Learning activities will vary from project to project


This module is at CQFW Level 6