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Unit information: Computing for Earth Scientists in 2017/18

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Unit name Computing for Earth Scientists
Unit code EASC10007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Wookey
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

This unit presents an overview of the use of computing in modern geosciences. It covers aspects of understanding modern computers, presentation and communication, data storage, visualisation and analysis, and an introduction to programming. The practical uses of these in a Geoscience context will be emphasised. MATLAB will be used for the implementation of practicals in the course.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be equipped with a familiarity with computers early on. They will have an appreciation of the tools available (and appropriate) to solve specific problems relating to communication, data analysis and presentation. This will support practicals and projects in other units in subsequent years. They will be familiar with MATLAB, which provides a flexible environment for future work.

Teaching details

Practical aspects of computing are best taught in a practical way, though the principles are also required for which lecture format is most useful. The unit will therefore comprise three types of contact session:

  • 50 minute lectures
  • 2 hour (group) practicals
  • 1-2 hour problem clinics

The lectures will be predominantly in the first half of the course, and the problem clinics in the second half. The practicals will run throughout.

There will be an independent assignment in the early part of the course, for which formative feedback will be provided.

Assessment Details

  • Final independent assignment (40%)
  • 2 hour written exam (60%)

Reading and References

Recommended: MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (4th edition, 2016), Attaway, S., Elsevier. Paperback ISBN: 9780128045251, eBook ISBN: 9780128045411

Further reading: A variety of online resources will be made available through Blackboard.

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