20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: MatlabŪ is a computing environment and programming language with over one million users worldwide. It is used to process, analyse and visualise geoscientific data, but also has many less scientific uses; it can be used to edit digital photos and listen to online music. This module will introduce students to MatlabŪ by way of specific real-world examples taken from Geoscience topics using freely-available data. Initially the module will introduce students to the basics of using MatlabŪ before focussing on five broad topics relevant to Geoscience. At each stage, theory will be accompanied by easy to understand practical examples, with the code used for the examples made available to students. Assessment will comprise computer practicals and a data analysis project; the focus of which will be chosen by each student from a range of topics, but which must use MatlabŪ to analyse and present data. This module will equip students with a valuable transferable skill - the ability to use a programming language to obtain/generate, analyse and present geoscientific data.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students on GEOU programmes

Staff Contact: SOLE ANDREW
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio

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