• Code EMSC4020
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Water Science and Management
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Heslop
    • Prof Victoria Bennett
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course is for Honours students

This course focusses on analytical methods and data analysis in Earth Sciences. It includes understanding types of chemical and other analytical techniques in Earth Sciences, how to assess data quality, how to document and present results effectively, and how to use statistical and numerical techniques to interpret data quantitatively in Earth Sciences.
Students will complete classroom and independent work for assessment, including practicals, reports and theory exams.

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 basics of the major analytical techniques including sample preparation, standardisation and data analysis for each technique;
2. Evaluate strengths and weakness of different analytical techniques for different applications;
3. Design an analytical regimen to obtain data relevant to their research proposal;
4. Process data sets produced from some instruments;
5. Report in detail on a chosen technique and on analysis of the data;
6. Write an analytical methods section suitable for publication in a scientific paper;
7. Understand and perform a suite of statistical techniques;
8. Evaluate data sets using appropriate techniques;
9. Assess quality of data needed to obtain specific goals; and
10. Communicate effectively a variety of data analysis tools to Earth Science research problems.

Indicative Assessment

Theory exams (20% LO 1, 2, 5; 25% LO 7, 8, 9)
Practicals (15% LO 3, 4; 25% LO 7-10)
Report on technique  (15% LO 1-6)

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Expected to be approximately 130 hours per 6 units.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC8024

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge of mathematics and chemistry.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $574 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $765 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9294 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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