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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 provides an introduction to reservoir geophysics/seismic with special emphasis on an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach. The topics are central to those planning to work as geologists/geophysicists within the petroleum industry.

Learning outcome

After completion of this course

  • you are familiar with seismic attributes and can carry out AVO analyses using Hampson-Russel software
  • you can do calculations based on Gassmann-Biot theory
  • you understand the use and basic processing of 4D seismic, 4C (four-component) seismic and CSEM (electromagnetic data)
  • you can explain the role of reservoir simulation, rock physics and seismic as used in reservoir monitoring
  • you will have experience with oral presentations of a selected journal paper within the subject field

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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4 hours of lectures and 1 hour of problem-solving per week throughout the semester. A complete intensive mandatory data lab course within reservoir seismic processing employing Hampson-Russel software (approx. 25 hours). From the lab course, a data assignment shall be submitted that counts towards the final grade.

The PhD candidates must prepare and give an oral presentation based on a selected journal paper within the subject field. This presentation has to be approved before the final written 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 (

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


  • The presentation of the selected journal paper must be approved before you can sit the final exam. 
  • The data assignments count 30% towards the final grade.
  • The final written exam counts 70% towards the final grade.
  • Both the data assignments and the final written exam 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

The examination text is given in English.

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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. 27, 2022 8:13:53 PM

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