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GEO-FYS4200 – Case study in physics of geological processes

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Course content

This is a field and laboratory-based course where it is given an initial introduction to the geological and physical processes that are relevant to the case study. Field study of 3d mapping and sample collection. Interpretation of rocks and processes. Theoretical introduction to relevant processes. Imaging of the processes in laboratory and numerical models. Experimental and numerical study of the processes and analysis of results and integration.

Learning outcome

The students learn to work in research based projects in a multidisciplinary environment. They get specialization in a specific problem area. They learn to apply multidisciplinary approaches to specific scientific problems. The students will work in multidisciplinary teams so that they learn interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. The goal is that student work will reach the quality required of a scientific publication. If the work is of good enough quality the results may be attempted published. The students will also learn about UiOs attitude and regulations of cheating as a mandatory part of the curriculum in the course. In this connection, the student will get information about good citation practices, ethical and critical use of sources and a review of key literature databases.


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Overlapping courses

* This course was offered by the Department of Physics before Autumn 2014.


The course includes about.30 lecture hours. There will be a mandatory field trip and mandatory hours in experimental and numerical laboratory.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

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.


Written scientific report (50%) and oral presentation (50%).

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






This course is not offered autumn 2018.


This course is not offered autumn 2018.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)