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ES4031   Analytical Sciences

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 5

ECTS credits : 2

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available to students on the MSc Geochemistry degree and Geography Honours programme.

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module is designed to support students who do not have a strong background in the analytical methods used in Earth Science. These include, for example, students enrolled in BSc Geography or MSc Geochemistry degree programmes. The module comprises a series of seven lectures starting with the basic principles of accuracy and precision, which are then illustrated in the context of the most common analytical methods used in the geosciences. Students are asked to independently research an analytical method of interest. This is then presented in a poster imitating the poster sessions at major conferences. Posters are marked by both students (peer assessment) and staff (different weighting). The module will give students the necessary training to allow them to excel in other Earth Science modules.

Relationship to other modules

Co-requisite(s): Any level 4 or 5 module for bsc students

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EG4031

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 7 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 8-hour poster presentation day over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 15

Guided independent study hours: 35

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (Poster session) = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr R J S Wilson
Module teaching staff: Earth and Environmental Sciences staff