Earth Science:Independent Research Project EARTH4004

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Advanced geological analytical techniques and transferable skills, including independent laboratory project.


The course consists of an independent laboratory research project run throughout both semesters, two seminar presentations during Semester 1 and science communication presentations in Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of all credit-bearing courses from Earth Science Level 3 at a combined average Grade D3 or better, and completion of Earth Science:Geological Field Skills at Grade D3 or better.


Independent research project - 70%,

Science communication skills - 30% (includes Mapping seminar 5%, Research Project seminar - 10% , Conference poster + video - 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are :

■ To provide transferable and ancillary laboratory, presentation and integration skills required by graduates for both postgraduate study and for the commercial and industrial environment.

■ To provide students with an opportunity to plan, conduct and report an independent laboratory-based research investigation.

■ To provide research-level training on the operation of analytical machines and apparatus.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

After completion of this course students will be able:

■ To understand the need for skills in presentation at all levels from undergraduate to employment.

■ To be able to present information using a variety of techniques including reports, seminars, posters and essays.

■ To demonstrate the ability to use and assess the appropriate analytical techniques to solve geoscience problems.

■ To present and structure evidence and integrate existing knowledge in the assessment of broad Earth Science issues.

■ To demonstrate team-working skills in the production of project work.

■ To collect, record and analyse data as part of an independent research project and present findings by writing a "professional standard" scientific report.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable