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Basics of Geo-scientific Presentation

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

This course is an elective which aims to help students improve their research, writing, and presentation skills.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge on how to apply the scientific method and approach a geological problem
  • Knowledge on how to search and collect information necessary to develop a research paper

  • Have research and knowledge skills on how to establish a problem for a research paper
  • Be able to conduct basic research using library resources
  • Be able to give scientific presentations, both oral and written

General competence:
  • Write a paper to define a scientific problem
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a written and oral form


Review of key topics relevant for scientific research.
  • The scientific method
  • How to define a research project
  • How to write scientific articles, proposals, etc
  • How to make and present scientific/technical presentations
  • Best practices to conduct research

Required prerequisite knowledge

Must have completed at least one full semester in the BSc in Petroleum Geoscience Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at UiS or equivalent.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio Assessment1/11 A - F
Portfolio assessment:
  • Weekly tests during the semester counting 40% of total grade
  • Written paper: 60% of total grade

The final grade for the course set by the teacher. There is no exam in this course.
All parts of the folder must be passed. Students who fail in the course or want to improve their grade have to take the course again.
Course communications will be via email and Canvas. It's up to the student to make sure e-mail is set up correctly with the University.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Lisa Jean Watson
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

  • E-lectures that are relevant to develop the scientific problem for the research paper and how to give presentations
  • In-class skill development workshops
  • Training of library computer skills
  • Attendance at guest lecturers from the scientific and industry community

The course is taught in English; optional text books in English. If Bokmål is required for course documents, please alert instructor so a suitable replacement can be found.
The students' participation in the different working forms in this course is strongly recomended in order to develop skills directly related to the portfolio.

Open to

Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure.


One required book is used in the course.
  • McMillan, K. and J. Weyers, 2011, How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports, Second Edition. Pearson: London. 284 p.

Additional literature is given in pdf format and is updated with new and relevant literature on Canvas. Examples:
  • Stewart, R., J. Brown, D. Lawton, and L. Lines, 2005, A guide to effective geophysical writing and presentation, CSEG Recorder: October, pg. 36-41.
  • Conway, D., 2013, Instantly Better Presentations. Thoughtstream, 2013. Web. August 2014. damian.conway.org.

Lecture notes provided on Canvas.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020