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, at a research institute, or as part of a major challenge-based project (e.g an international academic project competition). 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 2022-2023


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The student must find the appropriate workplace on their own; alternatively, the student may select a challenged-based project and find a supervisor within the department. 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. In the case of challenge-based projects with a duration over two semesters or during the spring semester, the student needs to register for the course in the fall semester, while evaluation is made in the spring 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. 


Project report and presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project report 1/2 Passed / Not Passed
Presentation 1/2 Passed / Not Passed

The student must submit a critically reflective report (incl. signed timesheet) on their practical training. This report is presented to students and teachers at an agreed time and place.The course has a continuous assessment. All parts must be passed to obtain a final grade in the course.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.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lisa Jean Watson

Programme coordinator:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

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


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