EAE5064 - Contemporary environmental earth science problems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 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)

To be advised


Dr Vanessa Wong
Professor Ian Cartwright

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science




This unit will enable students to develop the skills required to conceive and deliver an applied research project in environmental earth science. Students will develop and carry out a research project in collaboration with other students on a key topic that is of relevance to industry, government or non-government organisations. The topic will be chosen by the students from a list provided by the unit coordinator. This unit will allow students to develop their research skills in earth sciences while working in team in developing a research project, formulating hypotheses and aims, collecting and analysing data, and interpreting and describing the implications of the results. The presentation of the final results will develop presentation and written skills.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop a project proposal with appropriate research questions, aims, hypotheses and methodological approaches
  2. Critically review the literature relevant to the project.
  3. Generate, analyse and interpret data using appropriate data analysis methods
  4. Communicate the findings, implications and limitations of the project in the broader scientific and social context in a clear and professional manner, in written and oral forms.
  5. Collaborate effectively with their peers.


Project proposal: 20%

Literature Review: 10%

Poster presentation: 10%

Final report: 50%

Oral presentation: 10%

This unit is offered at both Level 4 and Level 5, differentiated by the level of the assessment. Students enrolled in EAE5064 will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of learning in this subject than those enrolled in EAE4064. The assignments in this unit will use some common items from the EAE4064 assessment tasks, in combination with several higher level questions and tasks.

Workload requirements

A total of 144 hrs for the semester consisting of a combination of structured workshops, group meetings, presentations, and individual study. Short (one-day) site visits or field trips may also be required.

See also Unit timetable information

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

Master of Science in Earth Science