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GEOL401 Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience

Contemporary views and important recent advances in geoscience research. Advanced methods and techniques in field- and laboratory-based geoscience research including research planning, scientific writing and presentation of findings.

The paper helps students to understand the process of preparing and planning research, and writing research proposals. It also increases the breadth of understanding of current ideas and methods in geosciences.

Paper title Current Topics and Advanced Methods in Geoscience
Paper code GEOL401
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,307.76
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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Restriction
GEOL 402, GEOL 403
Eligibility
Understanding of all aspects of basic geology and some areas to a more advanced level. Equivalent training to having completed third year geology in Otago.
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr Steven Smith
Dr James Scott
All Staff members

Paper Structure

Training in planning and proposal writing in the first three weeks. A field seminar is scheduled in the first semester. Attendance at department seminars is expected across the year, with a portfolio of notes submitted at the end of the first and second semesters. A research talk based on student research projects occurs in the second semester.

Teaching Arrangements

Meetings and seminars in the first few weeks of first semester will outline the steps required to produce a research proposal.

Weekend field seminar in the first semester will be led by groups of students, who will meet with academic staff members to discuss the content of the field seminar.

Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Course outline

400-Level-Handbook-2019.pdf (latest handbook indicative of content next time the paper is taught)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students learn advanced methods and techniques in field- and laboratory-based geoscience research, including research planning, scientific writing and presentation of findings.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard