Earth Science Honours 4440

Course code GEOS4440Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

GEOS4440 is a workshop-based and self-directed course that develops a student's skills in compiling and presenting the Honours research thesis and definding the thesis results at a viva voce. It is conducted on an individual basis by the student's Honours research supervisor(s) and via a workshop on thesis writing and thesis seminar presentation in the Earth Sciences. The course operates in conjunction with GEOS4430 which is devoted to data analysis and presentation. GEOS4440 focuses on the discussion and presentation of the research findings, their reconciliation with existing the existing literature and the development of written and graphic material. This culminates in the submission of a written thesis.

The course also involves developing and delivering a seminar presenting the major research findings made by the student. The student's work is subjected to critical oral review by examiners and other staff and peers. The seminar provides the students with an opportunity to defend their results and interpretation. The course culminates in the submission of a post-examination corrected thesis. This course does not count with GEOS4221.

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. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 100-page thesis.
2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments by written, graphic and oral means.
3. Capacity to carrying advanced levels of data analysis.
4. Capacity to communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.
5. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.
ContentOne workshop will cover the practicalities of thesis compilation: what to include and what to exclude, getting the balance right with respect to chapter content, the distinction between 'results' and 'discussion', keeping the thesis's aims and objectives at the forefront of the discussion, consideration of areas for further research, and identifying limitations of one's approach. Each student will have the opportunity to present their thesis outline and to raise problems that relate to their individual plight. Staff and peers will discuss possible solution with individual candidates.
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)Written thesis and a thesis defence seminar.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Seminar: for 1 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 and/or fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS4440