12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
Enrolment in the Master of Science
Student will do a research project in weather, climate or ocean science. The main relevant areas of research are: aerosols (including cloud seeding), boundary layers, climate change, clouds, convection, ENSO, general circulation, synoptic-dynamical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, numerical modelling, tropical meteorology, and bushfires and fire weather. A full list of project will be made available to students before enrolling in the MSC program. The research project may be theoretical, computational or observation-based. Each student will work under the supervision of at least one of the academic members of staff. The project will involve a literature review, original research, a written thesis and an oral report on the work. In most cases, the project will continue into the second year of the MSc.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Understand, synthesise and summarise the existing literature.
- Identify gaps in our knowledge in their chosen area of research.
- Develop a research plan
- Commence original research in the chosen area.
- Present their preliminary findings in a brief written thesis and oral presentation.
This is unit is the first half of a two-semester research project.
Progress will be assessed through a written progress report (50%) and an oral presentation (50%).
A total of 24 hours per week comprising:
- attendance at a 1-hour seminar
- a 1-hour consultation with the supervisor
- 10 hours per week of reading and summarising the literature (averaged over the semester)
- 1 hour per week developing the research plan (averaged over the semester)
- 10 hours per week of research (averaged over the semester)
- 1 hour per week writing the progress report (averaged over the semester)
- 1 hour per week preparing the oral report (averaged over the semester).
See also Unit timetable information
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science