• Class Number 3737
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Prof Paul Tregoning
  • DEMONSTRATOR
    • Matthias Scheiter
    • Rebecca McGirr
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

Changes in Earth's temperature cause changes in the size of the polar ice caps, with corresponding changes in global sea levels as water moves between the oceans and the continental ice sheets. Sea levels are currently rising as a result of present-day increases in global mean temperature and some claim that West Antarctica and Greenland glaciers are melting rapidly.  But how are changes in ice and ocean volumes estimated?

Observations of the motions of close-earth satellites and measurements from these satellites to the surface of the Earth enable these changes to be measured and they provide important constraints on the physical properties of the planet and on the physical processes occurring on and within it. Students will learn about several Earth-observing satellite missions and how to derive and interpret results in terms of physical changes on Earth. 

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the Earth's gravity field and the geophysical interpretation of temporal gravity changes;
  2. Explain the measurement of sea level variations from tide gauges and satellite altimetry;
  3. Compute mass balance estimates of polar regions;
  4. Relate the theory and observation of the motion of satellites to the determination of positions on the Earth from satellite tracking data;
  5. Communicate efficiently to a general and expert audience about the science of sea level change; and
  6. Evaluate gravimetric datasets systematically and interpret results in the context of trends related to regional and global climate change.

Examination Material or equipment

Scentific calculator can be used during the examination

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
  • Feedback and assistance in writing computer code will be provided during the 2-hour computer lab each week.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Background information on climate change
2 What affects sea level; isostasy; geopotential
3 Satellite orbits and reference frames Assignment 1 (10%)
4 Observing techniques: sea level Written critique (10%)
5 Observing techniques: satellite altimetry
6 Observing techniques: GPS Assignment 2 (10%)
7 Oral presentations (10%)
8 Observing techniques: GRACE
9 Glacial isostatic adjustment
10 Case studies: GRACE results Assignment 3 (10%)
11 Case studies: Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Greenland
12 Synthesis of observations Assignment 4 (10%)
13 Examination (40%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 10 % 09/03/2020 16/03/2020 1,2,4
Written critique of a scientific paper 10 % 16/03/2020 23/03/2020 5
Assignment 2 10 % 27/03/2020 03/04/2020 1,2,4
Oral critique of a journal paper 10 % 06/04/2020 24/04/2020 5
Assignment 3 10 % 04/05/2020 11/05/2020 1,2,5
Assignment 4 10 % 29/05/2020 05/06/2020 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 40 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Examination(s)

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 09/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 16/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Assignment 1

Calculate the numerical answers to a series of questions, using the observational data provided. This assignment will require students to write their own software with which to generate their answers. Students will submit their computer code as well as answers to the questions.

Rubric

124

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 23/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 5

Written critique of a scientific paper

Assess the quality of a scientific paper, selected from a list provided.


Masters/Honours students will assess and compare three papers on the same topic.


Provide a (very) brief summary but, more importantly, explain:

  • What you did and did not understand
  • What was well done/poorly done
  • What the scientific community thought of the paper
  • What impact the paper had/did not have, and why


Word limit: 2-3 pages

Rubric

5

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 27/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Assignment 2

Calculate the numerical answers to a series of questions, using the observational data provided. This assignment will require students to write their own software with which to generate their answers. Students will submit their computer code as well as answers to the questions.

Rubric

124

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 5

Oral critique of a journal paper

Make a verbal critique of a scientific paper (chosen from a list provided) including (but not limited to):

  • What you did and did not understand
  • What was well done/poorly done
  • What the scientific community thought of the paper
  • What impact the paper had/did not have, and why


15 minute verbal presentation plus questions (total 20 minute maximum)

Rubric

5

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 11/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Assignment 3

Calculate the numerical answers to a series of questions, using the observational data provided. This assignment will require students to write their own software with which to generate their answers. Students will submit their computer code as well as answers to the questions.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 4

Calculate the numerical answers to a series of questions, using the observational data provided. This assignment will require students to write their own software with which to generate their answers. Students will submit their computer code as well as answers to the questions.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

During the examination period, sit a final written exam. Scientific calculators will be required to perform some numerical calculations. Other answers will be of written form.


Value: 40%


Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.


The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.


The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in class one week after submission. Feedback will be provided personally as assignments are returned.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Paul Tregoning
6125 5510
Paul.Tregoning@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


remote sensing, satellite orbits, Earth's gravity field, sea level rise, melting polar ice sheets, geodesy, earthquake deformation, GPS, satellite altimetry, space gravity missions

Prof Paul Tregoning

Monday 12:00 13:00
Matthias Scheiter
0261253246
matthais.scheiter@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Matthias Scheiter

Rebecca McGirr
rebecca.mcgirr@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Rebecca McGirr

Thursday 10:00 12:00

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