• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Margaret Forster
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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This course is for Honours students

This course provides an introduction into research methods relevant to Earth Sciences through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students learn how to conduct and present research as well as conducting a thorough literature review for their own research project that they will undertake in EMSC4005 or EMSC4008.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course, students will have the skill and knowledge to:

  1. Understand the principle features of a successful proposal;
  2. Apply concepts from lectures on "research methods" to their research proposal;
  3. Develop research questions and propose a feasible methodology for their project, presented as a substantive written research proposal;
  4. Critically review relevant literature and contextualise the research aims and methods; and
  5. Communicate and debate research work to a peer audience

Indicative Assessment

  • Research proposal containing a critical review of relevant literature, contextualizing the student's research aims and methods, and a budget (50% LO 1-4)
  • A 15-minute seminar including question time on the The history of their Scientific Discipline (10% LO 4-5)  
  •  A 3-minute seminar based on their Research Project (10% LO 1-5)  
  • Prepare a media article based on their Research Project (10% LO 1-5)  
  • A 15-minute Introductory Seminar including question time based on their Research Project and proposal(15% LO 1-5)  
  • Course Participation based on participation during discussions and questions time during class seminars throughout the semester (5% LO 5)  

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Workload includes attendance at lectures (total of 15 hours), seminars and tutorials (total of 15 hours) and substantial reading and preparation work (total of  20 hours) required for engagement in seminar sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC8017

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4238 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9281 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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