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Advanced Fieldwork Methodology for Petroleum Geologists

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

The course is for students interested in fieldwork related to geosciences. The fieldwork builds on experience in the field and focus on petroleum plays and a regional geological setting to be investigated. It is expected that the student is versatile in mapping, elaborating profiles and rock identification. This course includes a mandatory geological field trip.
Due to logistical reasons, there is a maximum limit of 15 students.
Participation in this course will be decided by the student's average grades within his or hers respective study program. The field trip is mandatory.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge on how to apply geological techniques in the field
  • Knowledge on how to interpret Geological Processes in the field
  • Basic knowledge of petroleum geological research

  • Extend the geological field methodology to a specific problem in the field per
  • Be comfortable two conduct basic geological mapping and profiling
  • Be comfortable two orientate alone with topographic and geological maps in the field

General competence:
  • Design a geological map based on field observation and practice
  • Interpret a geological map after working in the field
  • Interpret a profile of a geological section in the context of a geological map


  • Profiling and mapping of geological formations
  • Giving short talks about the mapped and profiled sections and areas, respectively
  • Description of the profiled and mapped areas in a sound report

The course includes a mandatory geological field trip.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Tests, reports and assignments1/1 A - F
The evaluation forms in this course consist of an oral presentation, a written assignment and a project report accompanying the excursion.
  • Oral assignment counting 15% of total grade
  • Portfolio assessment counting 85 % of total grade, and includes:One written assignment counting 15%
  • One project report counting 70%

Lecturer sets the final grade for the portfolio assessment.

Coursework requirements

The field trip is mandatory.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Udo Zimmermann
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

  • Few lectures will be given and attendance is relevant
  • Excursion is the main event and participation is obligatory
  • Short talks at the excursion and small tasks will be given

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol.


Course notes and other references provided during class and loaded in Canvas or the geo server; no book purchase required.

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

Sist oppdatert: 08.04.2020