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

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

This course will make it easier for you to structure and write your master's thesis. Key aspects of academic writing are taught, centred around the traditional IMRAD-style of writing (Introduction, Methods, Results, And Discussion). The course is practical and involves discussions about writing routines and academic genres, but also reflections on being a master's student, and what to expect from your supervisors. You will start writing your thesis introduction in the course and will receive detailed feedback on the text. You will also take part in giving constructive criticisms to other students. In addition, you will get experience in reviewing and presenting scientific literature.

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

The course shares its lectures with GEO4012 – Scientific Writing and Presentation

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you are able to

  • describe the main aims of your master's project and place the project in a broader geoscientific context
  • develop your own hypotheses
  • discuss  data and interpretations from scientific literature, including presenting papers orally
  • structure and write your master's thesis according to the IMRAD structure
  • prepare and present your master's project orally
  • reflect on how to conduct a scientific study and how to structure your work
  • collect and analyse structural and stratigraphic outcrop data
  • organise and present your own field data, and place them in a broader context

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's 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's students in Geosciences admitted to one of the following programme options:

  2. Other master's 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 how to present orally, and seminars where the students work on their own texts and presentations and give/receive feedback.

The seminars are compulsory and the student will be working on written assignments and a paper presentation that must be approved prior to the oral examination.

The course will culminate in an obligatory field trip of c. 1-2 weeks with accommodation, 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. From the field trip, a written report/field book shall be submitted that counts towards the final grade.

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 field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • Attendance at the compulsory seminars, submission of written assignments, and a paper presentation must be approved prior to the oral examination.

  • The oral presentation followed by a discussion counts c. 50% towards the final grade.

  • A written report / field book after the field course counts 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.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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) Jan. 17, 2022 12:13:59 AM

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