EAE5010 - Advanced earth science research project A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sandy Cruden


Professor Alexander Cruden

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in the Master of Science and EAE4000


This unit will be offered annually from Semester 1, 2020


Students undertake an advanced research project involving original work on a topic chosen in consultation with an academic supervisor. The topic may be a continuation of research completed in EAE4000, enabling a deeper insight into a larger research problem. In this case, it is expected that the research outcomes will also be suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed international journal.

Alternatively, the project may be a separate topic to EAE4000, but the student must display a more mature research methodology than was required for EAE4000.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, use and explain the basic concepts and principles of the research literature which underpin the chosen area of research in Earth Science.
  2. Synthesise and interpret the knowledge gained in the study of the underpinning research literature. This leads to the ability to identify a niche topic or topics within this existing body of literature, which represents a gap in current knowledge. This problem should be suitable for original research.
  3. Advance our understanding of an existing problem or problems in the chosen area for original research.
  4. Present the results of the original research in written form as a thesis, and also present key thesis results in oral form as a preliminary seminar.
  5. Defend the results of the original research in an oral exam.


Progress will be assessed through a written progress report: 50% and an oral presentation: 50%

Workload requirements

A total of 24 hours per week:

  • Attendance at weekly group meetings (half hour per week)
  • Attendance at seminars and colloquia (half hour per week)
  • At least half hour per week of consultation with the supervisor
  • Specialist training (approximately half hour per week)
  • Preparation for the seminar and or literature review (if starting a new project) (approximately 1.5 hours per week averaged over the semester)
  • Preparation of a progress report (approximately 1.5 hours per week averaged over the semester)
  • 19 hours of independent research per week

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Master of Science in Earth Science