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University of Malta

Faculty of Science

Geosciences (Joint Area)

(for courses commencing October 2017)

YEAR ONE

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC1100 Geology 1 - Fundamentals of Geology 6 ECTS




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

CHE0305 Introduction to Chemistry 4 ECTS
GSC1402 Earth Observations from Space 4 ECTS
GSC1200 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 2 ECTS
SOR0210 Data Treatment and Probability 2 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC1400 IT Skills for Geoscientists (GIS) 4 ECTS
GSC1401 Thermal Physics of the Earth 4 ECTS
GSC1300 Introduction to Science of the Atmosphere 2 ECTS
SOR0220 Elementary Statistical Theory 2 ECTS




YEAR TWO

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC2100 Geology 2 – Structural Geology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 6 ECTS
GSC2200 Dynamics of Oceans and Atmosphere 6 ECTS




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC2101 Fundamentals of Geophysics 4 ECTS
GSC2400 IT Skills for Geoscientists (Matlab) 4 ECTS
GSC2102 Earth Surface Processes; Hydrology and Hydrogeology 4 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC2300 Atmospheric Physical and Chemical Processes 4 ECTS
MAT2803 Laplace and Fourier Transforms 2 ECTS




YEAR THREE

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC3101 Seismology 6 ECTS
GSC3102 Marine Geology and Ocean Surveying 6 ECTS
GSC3300 Climate Modelling 6 ECTS




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC3100 Applied Geophysics 4 ECTS
GSC3401 Time Series Analysis, DSP and Inverse Theory 4 ECTS
SCI3501 Academic Writing and Statistical Techniques for Scientific Research 4 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC3104 Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Resources 4 ECTS
GSC3201 Computational Fluid Dynamics 4 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

CHE2070 Introductory Environmental Chemistry 4 ECTS
GSC3402 Environmental Management Concepts 4 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC3200 Fundamentals of Chemical and Biological Oceanography 4 ECTS
GSC3301 Instrumentation for Environmental Measurements 4 ECTS
BIO2050 Science, Society and Ethics 2 ECTS




YEAR FOUR

If Geosciences is chosen as the main area of study:

Students are required to register for 18 ECTS credits assigned to a project study-unit and 22 ECTS credits in elective study-units for a total of 40 ECTS credits.

If Geosciences is chosen as the other area of study:

Students are required to register for GSC3404 (Research Seminar) and 12 ECTS credits in elective study-units for a total of 20 ECTS credits.

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

GSC3403* Independent Research Project 18 ECTS (NC)
GSC3404** Research Seminar 8 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC3101 Seismology 6 ECTS
GSC3102 Marine Geology and Ocean Surveying 6 ECTS
GSC3107 Practical Geophysical Exploration 6 ECTS
GSC3108 Global Geodynamics and Earth Deformation Processes 4 ECTS
GSC3300 Climate Modelling 6 ECTS
GSC3302 Air Quality and Exposure: Modelling and Management 10 ECTS




Semester 1

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC3104 Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Resources 4 ECTS
GSC3201 Computational Fluid Dynamics 4 ECTS




Semester 2

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

BIO2050 Science, Society and Ethics 2 ECTS
GSC3106 Introduction to Engineering Geology 4 ECTS
GSC3200 Fundamentals of Chemical and Biological Oceanography 4 ECTS
GSC3202 Machine Learning and Computer Vision for the Environmental Sciences 4 ECTS
GSC3301 Instrumentation for Environmental Measurements 4 ECTS




This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of Bachelor of Science - B.Sc. and Bachelor of Science (Honours) - B.Sc.(Hons.) under the auspices of the Faculty of Science.
 
Last Updated: 6 December 2017
 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.
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