GEO3000 – Bachelor Thesis in Geosciences
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course is taken as a completion of the Bachelor degree or as preparation for Masters degree studies. Students have to work on their own project thesis, preferably individually, within the subject areas covered in the bachelor programmes: "Geology and Geography" and "Geophysics and Climate". The subject will also introduce to what research means, different academic genres, and to the IMRaD model.
When you have taken this course you will be able to:
- carry out a simple project thesis on your own.
- understand what characterizes academic writing and scientific texts.
- apply both simple and more advanced methods within subject areas in geosciences to elucidate a specific problem.
- know different academic genres.
- follow good reference practice and be familiar with dealing with scientific literature.
- understand how to plan and write a scientific report, especially the IMRaD model.
Admission to the course
This course is only for students in the study programmes; Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (being phased out), Geologi og geografi (bachelor), Geofysikk og klima (bachelor), and the programme options Matematikk - geografi/geofag and Geografi/geofag - matematikk) in Lektorprogrammet (LEP).
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- GEO1010 – Physical geography (discontinued) + GEO1020 – Geological processes and materials (discontinued) + GEO1030 – Winds, currents and climate (discontinued) / GEF1100 – The Climate System (discontinued)
- GEO1100 – Evolution of the Earth + GEO1110 – Earth Processes / GEO2300 – Physical Processes in the Geosciences
The project work can involve field- and work in a laboratorium. You have to pass two HSE courses:
Recommended previous knowledge
- Compulsory courses in the bachelor programmes in geosciences.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO3340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEG2340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued).
Lectures on academic writing and research. The lectures will be followed up by mandatory seminars where the students will work on their own texts, and give and receive feedback from peers. Students will also receive individual supervision of their research project. This work will end in a compulsory dissertation on the project which, after it has been accepted, is the basis for an oral final examination.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (email@example.com).
The written project thesis from the research project is given a preliminary grade before the student is allowed to sit the final adjusting oral examination.
A final oral examination of the project will adjust the grade on the project thesis. The preliminary grade and the oral examination counts for 100% of the final grade.
All the component parts have to be passed individually in order to pass the subject.
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt. It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEG2340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued) og GEO3340 – Bachelor thesis in physical geography, geomatics and hydrology (continued)
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.