• 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, Environmental Studies, Earth Physics, Geology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr David Heslop
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.

This course will reveal to students the biggest unanswered questions in the Earth Sciences. Students will be introduced to the breadth of science undertaken at the Research School of Earth Sciences and will gain an appreciation for the different research approaches utilised and facilities available. Further, this course will provide a framework for students to make an informed choice of research supervisor and project for their subsequent studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss and critique the principles of Earth Science and the framework they provide for addressing cutting edge research problems.
  2. Evaluate and debate the broad role of the Earth Sciences and how it is applied to global issues such as natural hazards, environmental change and mineral resources.
  3. Assess information concerning new discoveries in individual research fields and relate this to the broader Earth Sciences.
  4. Present the ideas underlying complex scientific techniques, their application and significance to their peers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshops. The student’s highest 8 marks will be combined, each representing 10% of the final coursework component. Post-workshop problem-set (60% of the grade for an individual workshop) Oral communication at workshop (40% of the grade for an individual workshop) (80) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. School Seminar Summary (20) [LO 3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour workshop and 1-2 x 1 hour school seminars each week
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include approximately 3 hours of preparatory work per week and the completion of a 3 hour problem set after each workshop. Students will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours preparing an oral presentation as a component of their final assessment.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must be enrolled in the Master of Earth Sciences (Advanced) or Master of Science in Earth Sciences.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts for each workshop will be posted on Wattle one week in advance.

Preliminary Reading

None

Assumed Knowledge

An undergraduate-level background in Earth Sciences, or cognate subjects, such as Chemistry, Marine Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Physical Geography.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3406 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6588 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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