NGEA09055U Process Studies and Field Techniques

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geology and Geoscience

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of some of the more advanced research methodologies and equipment used within the field of sediment transport studies. A significant part of the time is reserved for an introduction to the software program Matlab which is used for analysis of a lot of field-data. The course will include training in design of process studies and small research projects and introduce basic as well as more advanced instrumentation and field measurement techniques. The course will take its starting point in current research projects and problems and will also be planned in accordance with students’ special interests within the field.

Learning Outcome

Transport of cohesive and non-cohesive sediments in the aquatic environment, erodibility of cohesive sediments, settling of aggregated/flocculated sediment, particle size analysis in situ using laser diffraction, measurements with ADV (Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter), basic Matlab programming.


  • use basic and advanced research equipment used for studies of sediment transport
  • use Matlab for simple presentation and analysis of field-data
  • estimate the pros and cons and uncertainty of typical research methods and equipment


Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with sediment transport

Please see Absalon course page
BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work and excursions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Seberal internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes