GEOS4014 Honours Research Project in Geology Part 4

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
Students are required to define a project and develop a research goal, set objectives and aims, plan and execute the research methods, interpret the results and present those results in oral and written forms. The final output of the research project is a research dissertation similar in content and context to a peer-reviewed research article in an academic journal.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) gather and critically assess the relevant literature for a pre-defined field of enquiry; (2) write a research proposal outlining the project, including a literature review; (3) collect or generate relevant data, data-products or models involving primary and secondary sources as appropriate; (4) utilise appropriate means of quantitative and/or qualitative analysis to explore the data and/or model results; (5) present the provisional results of their research in a short oral presentation; and (6) write the results in a professional manner in the format of an academic journal paper.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) research seminar; and (3) research dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alan Aitken
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
GEOS4013 Honours Research Project in Geology Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501 Science Research Dissertation Part 1, SCIE4502 Science Research Dissertation Part 2, SCIE4503 Science Research Dissertation Part 3, SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 4
Contact hours
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters. Independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.