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Developing Research Skills GEO620

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.

Course description for study year 2019-2020

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  • 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 or Petroleum Engineering at UiS or equivalent
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 portfolio and the oral presentation. 

Open for
Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Standard UiS procedure.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis seminar (MPG100) 5
Developing Research Skills (IER620) 10

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.

Lecture notes provided on Canvas.