This course will involve a great deal of self-motivation, self-reading, independent study, and group activities. The grading for this course will be based on class participation, assignments, and presentation. We will often work in groups or pairs and peer-review each other’s work, but the work you turn in must be your own.
Your attendance and participation is critical to everyone’s learning in this class. A substantial percent of your grade is earned in the form of in-class assignments. More than 75% of the class meeting attendance is required to pass this course. In general, you can expect writing exercises (e.g., from Writing Science by Schimel), white paper (or proposal), literature review, peer review, science in media as your assignments and class activities (50%). You will each research and work on one scientific research project (paper, proposal, or report) on an Earth Science topic. We will proceed through the project life cycle and work together beginning with topic identification to final paper/proposal/report. Assignments and scientific research projects may be adapted for students already at work on research projects in their discipline.
50% Assignments – in class and homework
35% Scientific research project
15% Scientific research project presentation (including PowerPoint or poster)
*Note: you risk losing a grade if your assignment is late.
Minimum requirements: knowledge of the topics of the course.
More than 75% of the class meeting attendance is required to pass this course.
Assessment criteria: grade better/equal than/to 4 (50%) for the overall grade.
minimum 50 percent of all assignments and research project/presentation.
0- 49.99%=5 (failed, i.e., you need to repeat the whole course)
Topics covered in the course. There is no final exam.
• Various sources of materials will be used. Books such as ‘Writing Science – how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded’ by Joshua Schimel and ‘The element of style’ by William Strunk are recommended. Both are available as ebook via the university library. Other materials include selected scientific publications, presentations, news, articles, reports, presentation recordings, etc.