NIGK13014U Field and Methods Course
MSc programme in Geology-Geoscience
fundamental goal of the course is to enable the student to
independently organize and carry out larger-scale geographic or
geologic fieldwork and to be able to analyze, evaluate, document
and communicate the results of a scientific study.
The course is designed as preparation for a Master’s thesis and therefore takes place during Master’s courses and prior to carrying out a Master’s thesis. In this course students will gain hands-on experience in a varied range of qualitative and quantitative methods that are considered to have a broad application in both research- and industry-related fields.
The course comprises three parts: i) block 3: theoretical and methodological studies, classroom teaching and preparation for fieldwork; ii) between block 3 and 4: 10 days of fieldwork, iii) block 4: processing of data, report writing and possibly additional classroom teaching.
Organize and carry out fieldwork, analyze, evaluate, document and communicate the results of a scientific studyy
Can identify, propose and prepare suggestions for solving more complex scientific problems in relation to theoretical, methodological and empirical observations with a background in high-level geographical knowledge.
Can critically evaluate a choice of methods as well as propose procedures aimed at investigating and assessing the accuracy and possible sources of error of a method.
Can evaluate the suitability of a specific method for investigating a scientific problem, e.g. through use of statistical analysis of data.
Can compile results from several, and preferentially different, methods and apply these in to specific discussion and evaluation of their own results.
Can use scientifically-correct language, present scientific arguments and justifications, participate in scientific discussions as well as communication science at various levels.
Can integrate, evaluate, discuss and put into perspective, theoretical, methodological and empirical choices including exhibiting a reflective and critical sense for these choices together with their scientific possibilities and limitations in relationship to a specific scientific problem.
B.Sc. prgramme in geography and geoinformatics or equivalent
2014: academic year 2013-2014, block 2+3, Ghana, Troels Aagaard and Henrik
2014, academic year 2013-2014 block 4 + 2014-2015 bloc 1, Greenland, Disko, CENPERM
2015, academic year 2014-2015 block 4 + 2015-2016 block 1, Greenland, Disko, CENPERM
2014, academic year 2013-2014, block 3+4, Tanzania, Torben Birch-Thomsen
2014, academic year 2014-2015, block 1+2, Nepal, Jytte Agergaard
2014, academic year 2013-2014, block 3+4, England, Kresten Anderskouv
2014, academic year 2013-2014 block 4 + 2014-2015 block 1, Utah, USA, Tod
Waight and Christian Bjerrum
2015, academic year 2014-2015 block 4 + 2015-2016 block 1, Cap Verde, Lars
Clemmensen and Paul Martin Holm
2015, academic year 2014-2015, block 3+4, England, Kresten Anderskouv
Please note that the Department will arrange information meetings for students who are interested in these course prior to the formal registration.
Students shall pay for their own travel to and from the field-work area, as well as 125 DKK per day for food and lodging.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentOral examination, 20 minutesThe written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcome
- Theory exercises
- Project work