Earth Sciences

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EASC 6001 Research seminars and presentation of thesis proposal (COMPULSORY)
This course enables students to present their research proposals and receive a broad and timely suggestions and critiques. Students are required to present their thesis proposals, and should attend the weekly seminar series held in the department. Students are required to enroll for this course of their first year of their degree programs and orally present the thesis proposal (20-30 minute talk) before submitting their biannual progress reports.
Assessment: 50% based on attendance to the weekly seminars and 50% on presentation; to be assessed by departmental staff members; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Neil Ryan Mckenzie
 
EASC 6002 Geochemical techniques
This course aims to provide students with knowledge of the modern geochemical instruments necessary for their research projects in geochemistry. A series of lectures and hands on sessions with instruments selected from MC-ICP-MS, LAM-ICP-MS, SRF, SRD, and SEM.
Assessment: 100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person: Prof Meifu Zhou
 
EASC 6003 Geophysical techniques
This course aims to provide students with training in the use of advanced instrumentation necessary for their research projects in geophysics, OR with analyzing and interpreting satellite/remote sensing (RS) data/images. A series of lectures and hands on sessions with instruments selected from GPR, particle size analyzer and paleomagnetic instrutments. A problem-based learning project will involve the acquisition and processing of hyperspectral data files followed by the down-steam interpretation of these satellite images.
Assessment: 100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person: Prof Lung-Sang Chan / Prof Patrick P C Wu
 
EASC 6004 Field geology of Hong Kong
This course aims to provide students with opportunity to explore the local geological features of Hong Kong. The course will involve several field trips to typical localities and will have components including demonstration and instruction for undergraduate students on fieldtrips and final year research projects.
Assessment: 100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person: Prof Lung-Sang Chan / Dr Xuran Zuo
 
EASC 6005 Advanced Regional Geology
This course aims to provide an overview of the regional geology, including current major problem in regional geology (e.g., climate-erosion-tectonics interactions) and how multi-disciplinary approaches are used to solve regional geological questions (e.g., integration of thermochronology and tectonic reconstruction). Additional emphasis is placed on east Asian tectonics, as this ourhome region and a focal site of much regional geological discovery over the past ~ 40 years. A major project, each of which can be tailored to correspond with the research interests of the postgraduate student, will be the dominant graded element.
Assessment: 100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Alex Webb  
 
EASC 6006 Special topics in earth and planetary sciences
This course aims to provide in depth knowledge of selected special topics in earth and planetary sciences, including engineering and environmental geology, hydrogeology, engineering geophysics, quaternary geology, astrobiology and planetary sciences. Directed studies in a focused field of research recommended by the research group/supervisor, and writing of review reports and critiques.
Assessment: 100% continuous assessment; pass/fail
Contact Person: Supervisor