ERTH 2203: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
The course deals with physical, chemical and biological processes that generate modern sediments, and their conversion to
sedimentary rocks through time. Labs provide a practical introduction to sediment analysis and to a range of sedimentary structures
and rock types. Fieldwork may include description of beaches and bedrock in Nova Scotia. Download the syllabus here.
Format: lecture and lab, with possible field trip
Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: ERTH 1080 and ERTH 1090/DISP. This is a required course for ERTH Majors and a prerequisite for ERTH 3303.
This is a required course (full-year, half-credit) for all new graduate students (MSc and PhD) in the Department of Earth Sciences. It is intended to introduce students to the essential features of good research design, and to give them extensive practice in presenting their research to their peers. Topics covered include the scientific method, critical reading, analysis of error and uncertainty, effective technical writing, effective scientific presentations (oral and written), effective research proposal design, and ethical issues in research. Other topics may be covered depending on students' interests and/or current issues in the field. A series of written and oral assignments takes students through the process of designing, writing, and presenting a short (10-page) formal research proposal, generally (but not necessarily) closely related to the thesis topic, which is then presented and defended before the entire department. Extensive feedback is given on both written and oral work throughout the year; all oral presentations and one written assignment involve an element of peer review.
Corequisites: Students should also be enrolled in ERTH 6350 (Graduate Module class) although in unusual situations the classes may
be taken in consecutive years.
Prerequisites: Students must be registered in a graduate programme (MSc or PhD) in Earth Sciences, which normally requires a BSc (Honours) in Earth Science or its equivalent; other students may be admitted with the permission of the instructors.
Exclusions: ERTH 6300.03