UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and aims to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of resources including petroleum, mineral deposits and groundwater. Knowledge of past and present earth processes is fundamental in predicting future environmental change. This course develops students' abilities to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of applications.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMGeoSc
Course code72550
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code074954D
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Geoscience has the following exit awards: 72250 Graduate Certificate in Geoscience (24 points), 72350 Graduate Diploma in Geoscience (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Myra Keep

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (48 points):

NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSGEOS4410Australia's Geological Evolution
NSGEOS4411Mineralising Systems
NSGEOS4412Petroleum Systems
N/AGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
NSGEOS4417Structural Geology for Exploration
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2GEOS5011Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
S1, S2GEOS5012Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
S1, S2GEOS5013Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
S1, S2GEOS5014Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 48 points, including at least 42 points at Level 5.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, including at least 18 points at Level 5.

NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
NSGEOP4002Geophysical Data Acquisition and Analysis
S2GEOS4418Basin Analysis Techniques
S2GEOS4419Biostratigraphy
NSGEOS5503Advanced Petroleum Geoscience
NSGEOS5506Structural Analysis for Petroleum Geoscience
NSGEOS5507Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences
NSGEOS5508Isotope Geochemistry
NSGEOS5509Sedimentary Basin Field Excursion
NSGEOS5510Applied Palynology
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
N/AMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree with a geology major or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72250 Graduate Certificate in Geoscience (24 points)
  • 72350 Graduate Diploma in Geoscience (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 24 points, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geoscience.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Geoscience.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must have—

(a) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in 48 points of the level of Level 4 and 5 units completed in the first year of the course;

and

(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the project.