Earth Science Honours 4430

Course code GEOS4430Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

GEOS4430 is a workshop-based and self-directed course that provides students in the Earth Science Honours program with skills in handling the Earth Science data that forms the backbone of a student's thesis. The course covers aspects of data organisation, use of spreadsheets and software (including the software resources available within the university), data manipulation, application and interpretation of statistical tests, and presentation of data in the form of graphics and maps. These are vital ingredients for the compilation of a high quality thesis. This course does not count with GEOS4211.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. An understanding of the importance of data to an Honours thesis.
2. An understanding of how data can be organized efficiently for processing using one or more software packages.
3. A knowledge of whether and when to apply certain types of statistical tests to their data sets.
4. The means for effectively and convincingly presenting the data using graphics, tables and maps.
5. The ability to decide which data needs to be included and excluded from a thesis.
ContentTwo workshops will cover data handling and presentation. These will be tailored to the student cohort in a given year. Each student will have the opportunity to discuss their specific data sets with staff and peers, who will advise on possible approaches. Presentations by staff will highlight the role of statistical methods: what they seek to achieve; how they are classified and therefore where they apply to specific data types; implications of statistical test results; graphic and tabular presentation of datasets.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA major in Earth Sciences or Environmental Science and Management with a credit average at 3000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)No assessment items for this module.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety or fieldwork induction
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS4430