Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Summer Research Project (Arcadia) EARTH4070

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 24
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

An undergraduate research-based project for visiting students.


Full time between mid-June and end of July (6 weeks).

Requirements of Entry

Normally a United States GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).

Excluded Courses





Assessment is by the final report on the project (60%), by oral presentation (25%) and supervisor's assessment based on research notebook, research performance, attitude and participation (15%). The presentation and the deadline for the report will be in the final week of the project.

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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

To provide an opportunity to undertake a research project and present the results both in the form of a research article and as an oral presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Prepare a preliminary list of goals to be achieved during the project in collaboration with the project supervisor.

■ Apply research skills appropriate to their areas of specialization

■ Demonstrate proficiency in literature searching, analysis, and interpretation

■ Analyze data, and interpret and present results

■ Utilize principles and practice of statistical analysis and/or other state of the art analysis andresearch tools relevant to their research interests

■ Write detailed scientific papers

■ Present research results orally

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.