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GEOL490 Dissertation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

This dissertation forms the core of the Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) course. The BSc(Hons) is a one-year programme that builds on an undergraduate science degree. A specific aim of the BSc(Hons) degree is to develop advanced theoretical and research skills and in so doing to provide a platform for an advanced professional or academic career. It provides entry to the Master of Science (MSc) degree by thesis only or to the PhD programme.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code GEOL490
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (24 February 2020 - 7 November 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,001.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $17,377.50

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Limited to
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci
The non-standard period for this paper takes place over approximately 12 months to accommodate field work requirements. The remainder of the work will be carried out over 9 months, involving an average of 18.5 hours of work per week.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Students must be accepted to the BSc(Hons) programme. This acceptance is determined by the department based on the applicants academic record. A research supervisor within the department is required.
Teaching staff
Various academic staff involved.
Paper Structure
Independent research, within a specific sub-discipline of geology, supervised and advised by at least one academic staff member. The precise structure of the project (e.g., the balance of literature review, research skill development, independent data collection, analysis, synthesis, and style of presenting results) is established in conjunction with the project supervisor.
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this project will have learned the advanced skills that they need to become successful researchers in a wide range of research settings.

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Full Year (24 February 2020 - 7 November 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system