EOSC 212 · Topics in the Earth and Planetary Sciences

Cutting edge problems in earth, ocean, atmospheric and planetary sciences. Topics will be introduced through discussions of the current literature. [3-0-0] Prerequisite: Second-year standing in science or engineering.

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Learning goals: 


Course goals related to thinking as scientists do:

1. Reading and using science articles: Recognize the type and focus of the article, then use a framework developed in class to identify and discuss questions being addressed, data sets, interpretations and uncertainties.

2. Communicating: Present, debate and ask insightful (and precise) questions about scientific ideas in assigned and self-selected readings.

3. Enthusiasm for and knowledge of EOS: Enthusiasm for all Earth and planetary sciences should grow, as well as awareness of research and expertise within the EOS Department.

4. Awareness of science learning: Articulating both what has been learned and what is perceived as missing in your own understanding.

Goals related to specific topics we encounter

5.Concepts and topics: Describe essential underlying scientific or technical concepts for each topic, and indicate elements of controversy (in science topics) or limitations and challenges (in technical topics).

6.Models versus data: For each topic, characterize the relationship between data (measurements or observations) and models.

7.Work with scientific information: Use first-year math and analytic skills to analyze and interpret data sets similar to those encountered in readings. 


Brett Gilley 2019

Mark Jellinek 2020


All readings will be assigned from journals accessible through UBC Library.