GEOL50020 Advances Research Techniques in Geological Sciences I

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a generic module that encompasses a range of courses in Advanced Research Techniques in Geological Sciences to meet the training needs of graduate students in agreement with their supervisor(s) in the School of Earth Sciences. These advanced level courses are generally offered by external institutions that can offer specialized facilities and equipment and/or by industry training centres. The specific courses on offer vary from year to year, depending on the PhD student cohort and their specialist training needs.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn how to apply advanced level specialist techniques to the problems being addressed by their research project, as evidenced by results presented in seminars, annual reports and publications. The emphasis is on application of the specialised techniques that are relevant to the student's research.

Indicative Module Content:

Content is tailored according to the individual student's research needs. Typical examples would be training in specialist laboratory facilities overseas, industry software and datasets, specialist numerical methods and coding techniques that are not routinely available within the School.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The student must demonstrate that they can successfully apply the specialist knowledge gained within this Advanced Research Techniques module to the particular scientific problem(s) being tackled in their research project, under the guidance of their supervisor(s) and graduate studies panel. In the first instance, the supervisor(s), in collaboration with the post-graduate student identifies particular student- and project-specific training needs (e.g. in laboratory, field or computational methods) and suitable training courses are found, typically in external organisations (in academic institutions and in industry). The student is deemed to have passed the module is they can demonstrate to the satisfaction of their supervisor(s) that they have mastered the techniques, as evidenced by results produced using these techniques and presented at international conferences, in peer-reviewed publications and/or in industry reports. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Postgraduate students must discuss their training requirements with their supervisors before registering for this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Training and coursework in a field or technique revelant to student's PhD project. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual students are given feedback by their supervisor(s) on their progress.