Practical Training in Computational Engineering or Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences (GEO680)

In this course, learning takes place in a professional environment, either within or outside the university, for example, in a technology company or at a research institute. The course aims to give students practical experience and the opportunity to immerse themselves in selected issues related to real work practices.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

The student will gain practical knowledge of working in a professional setting.

The student must find the appropriate workplace on their own. In cooperation with the student, workplace, and lecturer, an agreement/contract and plan are devised for how the internship and supervision are conducted. The evaluation will be made based on a report and presentation from the student. The report should contain a discussion of specified issues related to business practices. In the case the work is performed in a company, documentation certifying that the student performed the work accordingly is a requirement.

The course is normally conducted in the fall semester.

Learning outcome


K1 - Have insight into selected topics in professional environment practical challenges.

K2 - Understand how knowledge related to the study program can be applied into a professional life environment.


S1 - Be able to collaborate in a professional environment and be part of a real working team.

S2 - Have the ability to perform tasks and find solutions relevant to the educational background relevant for professional life.

General competence:

G-1 - Reflect on their own knowledge and learning and reflect on their own role in collaboration with others.

G2 - Be able to work in a professional environment and contribute with knowledge.

Required prerequisite knowledge

In order to register for this course, the student must have passed at least 40 ECTS credits in their approved education plan.

The student must receive an approval in order to participate in the course - the approval is based on a project proposal that must be submitted by June 15. Approvals are given by August 15 so that the student has time to register for an alternate course if necessary.


Practice and oral exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Practice 1/2 1 Semesters Passed / Not Passed All
Oral exam 1/2 Passed / Not Passed All

Practical training is assessed based on the following criteria:Report: The student must deliver a critically reflective report on their practical training individuallyScope of work: The student must have a minimum of 250 - 300 working hours in a company. The student must submit a signed timesheet together with the report.The student will also conduct an oral exam individually.No re-sit opportunities are offered on practical training. Students who fail can complete the practical training at the next opportunity, normally the next time the practical training is carried out. All parts of the assessment must be passed within the same semester.NOTE: According to Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger section 3-10 point 2, a student has 2 attempts in this course, with the opportunity to apply for a 3rd attempt

Coursework requirements

Practical and/or theoretical work in external institution under supervision according to agreement/contract. This must be approved prior to semester start.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Ingrid Carita Augustsson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Course coordinator:

Udo Zimmermann

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Practical and /or theoretical work in external institution under supervision according to agreement/contract.

Open for

Computational Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Energy, Reservoir and Earth Sciences - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union 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 subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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