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Developing Research Skills

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course is an elective which aims to help students improve their research, writing, and presentation skills in preparation for the thesis. The course is handled as a seminar and in close collaboration with the selected supervisor.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge on how to apply the scientific method
  • Knowledge on how to search and collect information necessary to develop a research proposal for a thesis study

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

General competence:
  • Write a proposal to define a scientific problem
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a written and oral form
  • Define time frames and responsibilities in the definition of professional problems that may apply to real life cases


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 master program in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or Computational Engineering at UiS or equivalent


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio Assessment1/1 A - F
Continuous evaluation - 100%
-weekly test 20%
-scientific essay 10%
-final proposal 50%
-oral presentation of proposal 20%
f you fail the assessment, you must retake the following year.
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 students' participation in the different working forms in this course is strongly recomended in order to develop skills directly related to the assignments.

Open to

Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 22.09.2020