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Developing Research Skills IER620

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 2021-2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources

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

Muntlig eksamen og prosjekt rapport

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral presentation 35/100 30 Minutes A - F All.
Project report 50/100 1 Semesters A - F All.
Report 15/100 1 Semesters A - F All.

Continuous evaluationYou must pass all parts to pass the course. All parts must be assessed in order to receive a grade. If you fail the assessment, you must retake the following year. 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
Obligatory activity: pass 4 of 7 assignments in order to submit the semester project and make the presentation; each assignment 1 week; obligatory activities build into the semester project; pass/fail given 4 weeks before semester project due
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 student's participation in the different working forms in this course is strongly recommended in order to develop skills directly related to the assignments. 

Open for
Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Standard UiS procedure.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Developing Research Skills (GEO620) 10
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