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Geosciences (GEOSC)

GEOSC 500 Issues in Geosciences (3) Introduction of first year graduate students to issues in geosciences.


GEOSC 500 Issues in Geosciences (3)

This course is designed for graduate students joining the Geosciences Department and is limited to them. The objectives of the course include the developing of a sense of community among the new students, teaching them to cooperate and work in teams, emphasizing to them the importance of communications skills, giving them practice in them, and doing so in the context of an introduction to some broader issues of current interest in the geosciences. The course emphasizes student participation and faculty-student interaction in all sections of the course. This is accomplished via class discussions, specially set up and prepared debates between student teams promoting opposite points of view, and field studies, designed to collect pertinent information to support opposing arguments on an issue. Part of the course is dedicated to develop the intellectual tools necessary to pursue successful graduate student careers. These include the critical analysis of publications, communication and presentation skills, as well as the preparation of research proposals for funding. While the overall objectives of the course remain the same from year to year, the details of how they are pursued in the course is left to the individual instructors. This is necessary to maintain a dynamic course, which can only be achieved if the teaching faculty becomes personally involved. The course involves, each time that it is offered, two principal instructors who draw on the expertise of other faculty members for different areas of expertise. The commitment to teach the course is for two years. The intructorships are staggered so that each year one the participants rotates off while a new one is introduced. This provides for continuity in the pursuit of the course objectives while continuing to introduce new ideas. The Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Geosciences makes the selection of the instructors for this course. Student evaluations are typically based on: A short paper, field trip participation, debate, proposal, oral presentation and class participation.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: admission to the Geosciences Graduate Program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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