Developing Research and Presentation 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 2023-2024


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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

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 and internet 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

Required prerequisite knowledge

Must have completed at least one full semester in the master program in Energy, Resources, and Earth Sciences; Petroleum Geosciences Engineering; Petroleum Engineering; or Computational Engineering at UiS or equivalent.


Oral presentation and report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral presentation 1/2 15 Minutes Passed / Not Passed All
Report 1/2 4 Weeks Passed / Not Passed All

Continuous evaluation.You must pass all parts to pass the course. There are no continuation opportunities on the assessment parts. Students who wish to take these sections again must do so the next time the course has regular instruction.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.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

This course uses a multi-mode teaching style. Students are expected to participate in all activities.

  • Prior to class: e-lectures and readings as organized in Canvas
  • In-class skill development workshops and discussion, including a library skills class
  • After class: applying skills activities and researching topic for reports and presentation

The student's participation in the different working forms in this course is strongly recommended in order to develop skills directly related to the project.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Master thesis seminar (MPG100_1) 5
Developing Research and Presentation Skills (IER620_1) 10

Open for

Computational Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto