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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

This course integrates practical and theoretical elements from the previous bachelor courses in geoscience, placing them in an applied context through practical exercises and fieldwork. The course will give you an insight into Norway’s regional geology and tectonic development.

Learning outcome

After completing this subject, you will be able to

  • carry out independent fieldwork and basic geological mapping
  • use maps to investigate geological processes
  • test hypotheses through map- and fieldwork
  • and will also have become familiar with Norway’s geological history

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

This course is only for students in the following study programmes:

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



The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. Before the field course, a HSE-course in field safety have to be passed:

Overlapping courses


There are 3 hours of combined lectures/practicals per week with weekly assignments, after which a report must be written associated with each assignment. Most of the teaching is practical and some of the practicals take place in the field. The course ends with a mapping part. All of the reports from the hand-in assignments must be approved in order to participate in the final mapping part of the course, after which 2 reports must be written.

The student chooses 2 reports from the hand-in assignments which, together with the last of the two mapping reports, will be included in a portfolio assessment.

There is compulsory fieldwork up to 12 days in this course.

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 (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences


  • All compulsory assignments and the two mapping reports must be approved before the student can sit the final oral exam. 
  • The student is assessed on the basis of a portfolio assessment and a final oral examination. 
  • The portfolio assessment consists of:
    • 2 of the compulsory reports from the hand-in assignments are selected by the student her-/himself and count for 20% towards the final grade.
    • The last of the two mapping reports count for 30% towards the final grade.
  • Final oral examination counts 50% towards the final grade.
  • Both the three reports that make up the portfolio assessment and the final oral examination must be passed separately in order to pass the course.

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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 22, 2021 8:18:44 AM

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