GEO4014 – Basin Analysis - Scientific Writing, Presentation and Field Course

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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

The course is focused on establishing a deep understanding of a geological area through literature review, scientific writing and oral presentations, culminating in a field course that targets how sedimentary basins are formed and filled and integrates structural and sedimentological principles.

The course is designed for individual students to undertake a small project that is complementary to their own MSc-project theme as well as to the area in which the field course will take place. The participants systematically synthesize essential information from the topic, both thematically and from case studies. During the course, the students will prepare their own scientific texts and presentations, aimed at milestone presentations during the semester.

The course begins with an introduction that guides the selection of topic for an independent but supervised literature review. This initial study is reported in a written semester paper aimed at the selected theme that supports an oral presentation before going in the field late in the semester.

The course culminates in a c. 8-13-days field course. The emphasis is on a problem-driven collection of field-data, with data-processing guiding student presentations. The field course includes 3-5 days of project work where data are analyzed and presented prior to the end of the course.

This course shares its lectures with GEO4012 – Scientific Writing and Presentation.

Learning outcome

Knowledge targets - by the end of the course, you will know

  • how to develop a scientific hypothesis, from theory into required documentation
  • how to synthesize and condense information from scientific literature, to suit a specific research target
  • how to logically present scientific data in written form (IMRAD)
  • how to prepare and present scientific data orally
  • how sedimentary basins are set up in different tectonic regimes
  • what characterizes specific basin types, and how they develop and fill over time
  • how a stratigraphic succession reflects the combined effects of tectonic activity and climate
  • how to collect and analyze outcrop data
  • how structural and stratigraphic data are noted and analysed and presented

Proficiency targets - by the end of the course, you will be able to

  • undertake independent scientific work, from formulating a hypothesis to acquiring and processing data as evidence
  • write and present a scientific review of a structurally controlled sedimentary basin
  • construct and deliver a scientific presentation
  • collect a suite of geologic data across multiple scales for systematic analysis
  • construct and combine visualisations of geologic data (structural and sedimentologic) for presentation

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. 

The course is restricted to students admitted to one of the following master programmes / programme options: 

Please notice that it is not possible to withdraw from this course during the semester and get 5 ECTS credits for the scientific writing part only. Then you must register for GEO4012 – Scientific Writing and Presentation.

Students who previously have completed GEO4012 – Scientific Writing and Presentation and only want the field part of GEO4014 must register for and complete the entire course (GEO4014) within the same semester, and will only be awarded 5 ECTS credits due to overlap between the courses. 

It is not possible to register for both GEO4014 and GEO4012 in the same semester. If you do, you will be withdrawn from GEO4014.

GEO4014 has a total capacity of 12 students. Applicants are being ranked after the following two categories:

  1. Master students in Geosciences admitted to one of the following programme options:

  2. Other master students in Geosciences (master's two years) or CS: Geoscience (programme option)

Applicants will be ranked within each category; all applicants within category 1 are ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be awarded to students selected randomly.

Formal prerequisite knowledge



These requirements are absolute and can not be waived for students with 120 ECTS or more, ref: "The examination rules for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Point 2.1 Required prerequisite knowledge."

The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these:

Overlapping courses


Lectures on academic writing and research, and presentation of results in front of an audience. The lectures will be followed up by mandatory seminars where the students will work on their own texts and presentations, and give and receive feedback from peers. Students will also receive individual supervision of their research project. This work will end in a compulsory presentation and discussion on the project which, after it has been accepted, is the basis for an oral examination that must be passed prior to participation in the field-component of the course.

The course will culminate in a field trip of c. 8-13 days, where principles of the prerequisite courses will be demonstrated with real-life examples, and the participants will collect, analyze, and present their own data and discuss the context in which it can be understood and applied.

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.


  • Written and orally presented milestones and discussion that must be passed individually in order to qualify for the final examination. 
  • An oral presentation followed by a discussion counts for c. 50% towards the final grade. 
  • A written report / field book after the field course counts for c. 50% towards the final grade. 
  • Both the oral presentation followed by a discussion and the written report / field book 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:

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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 4:16:47 PM

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