Earth Sciences Placement

Course code GEOS3320Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course focuses on a project of choice from all major sub-disciplinary areas of Earth Science. The exact area will vary from year to year according to which industry partners choose to participate, and upon academic staff availability.

The course will evolve from summer vacation employment, whereby a student will work for a company, or staff member, for more than 6 weeks. During this period, the students will be expected to independently collect data to solve an Earth Science problem, which will relate to the vacation employment. This problem will be selected by consultation between the course coordinator, the Industry Partner, and the project supervisor.

Before entering the workplace, students are advised to read background research on the practical, real-world geoscience problem selected. While in the workplace, the student will be shown methodologies on how to collect data and develop databases, and be trained in appropriate procedures for data processing. Data collection should take at least 40 hours of the vacation period. The student will be expected to process the data using relevant company software during the vacation period. Interpretation of the data should be consultative with the industry supervisor and, if necessary, with the co-ordinates of the course. Workshops will be given on report evaluation and report writing.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement.

Identification of the industry partner will rely on the candidate obtaining employment.
Project discussion and approvals need to take place in October/November, prior to employment.
Placement documentation needs to be completed prior to enrolment

Students will receive full information on this in the Host Guidelines provided by the School of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. experience in a range of methodologies, concepts and techniques used in industry, focussed on the earth sciences;
2. practical experience in addressing a topical earth science problem, as discussed and agreed to with industry supervisor;
3. developed observational skills in the field/laboratory, including accurate recording of the features observed, according to industry standards;
4. the ability to synthesise results and present them in a concise written form.

In addition, industry specific goals might include:
5. training in the use of relevant instruments for field survey and measurement, under industry supervison;
6. experience in the application of appropriate analytical methods in the field and in the laboratory for obtaining meaningful results, following direction from the industry supervisor;
7. the ability to synthesise results in concise map, graphical and/or tabular forms, in direct consultation with the industry supervisor (and course co-ordinator if additional guidance is necessary);
8. the ability to work independently and with others in groupwork, within an industry-based environment.
Content1. Orientation day before placements, to outline parameters for the course; Including course outline and objectives, industry and university expectations, documentation, insurance implications, and OH&S.
2. Discussion with Industry supervisor to outline nature of project, timelines, etc. Development of methodology and practical procedures to tackle the problems in the field or laboratory (this needs to be done with your industry supervisor).
3. Use of field & laboratory methods to collect qualitative or quantitative data relevant to the problem.
4. Use of computing, statistical and laboratory methods to process the data (dependent on the design and nature of data collected) while on-site.
5. Analysis of field/laboratory data using interpretive and statistical methods.
6. Communication of results through discussions/ summaries and written reports prepared in the conventional manner of industry or scientific reports.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFor those interested in placements as geologists in the Coal or Petroleum Industry, completion of GEOS2161, GEOS 2190 and GEOS2200 is required;
For those interested in research projects related to environmental and surficial processes, GEOS2050 and/or GEOS2070 are highly recommended, in addition to GEOS2161.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Field Study
Assessment Items
ReportsA major report will be written based on laboratory analysis and field work.
Contact HoursPractical: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents attending this course will be selected by Industry, who expect a minimum GPA of 5.0 at the end of second year. Students also need to be approved for supervision by a Work Integrated Learning Panel on the basis of academic record and a suitable project for supervision . Student numbers will be capped subject to availabilty of supervision. Entry standards and availability will be reviewed mid-year.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must have completed a compulsory health and safety induction with their industry host and provide evidential documentation prior to commencement of the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3320