NIGK21038U MOVE: An International Course in Geology and Communication

Volume 2021/2022

MOVE is an innovative bottom-up project course that focuses on the design of online virtual geoscience excursions. UCPH students will work together with students and professors across Europe to design films, websites and guides on a chosen location of geoscientific interest that include drone surveys and foster the active participation of students of Earth sciences. A new location is chosen each year.

It is a collaborative course involving students from the Charles University-Prague, University of Heidelberg, Sorbonne University, University of Copenhagen, University of Milano, and University of Warsaw as part of an EU4+ programme.

The themes of the course are:

  1. The design and implementation of a geoscience field excursion together with students of geoscience across six European Universities.
  2. The planning, filming and production of films, websites, and guidebooks related for the field site
  3. Communication of science to both specialist communities and the public

Course outcomes:

  • Personalised learning, transferable skills, short-term mobility
  • Real-time shared field experience
  • Virtual excursion and films as MOOC
  • Public outreach on institutional websites
Learning Outcome


  • Obtain knowledge on the geology and geological evolution of the target region
  • Identify the scientific topics for a geoscience excursion
  • Plan the localities
  • Organize webinars with experts on given topics, e.g. geology of Sicily
  • Lead the field trip
  • Learn to work with new technologies – drones, digital outcrops etc.
  • Design scripts for movies
  • Learn to process video materials and make movies, create a web page
  • Train presentation for researchers as well as public outreach



  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Organizational skills
  • Logistic skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Strengthened leadership skills
  • Science communication to broad audience
  • Hands on experience with new technologies
  • Time management


  • Competences:

  • Identify excursion and geological targets
  • Define an excursion plan, refine the plan, handle the details
  • Share tasks in a working group
  • Run an excursion
  • Producing deliverables (website, movies, guidebooks)

Please see absalon

Completed 2nd year BSc in Geology-Geoscience is strongly recommended
• Lecture, exercises, field trips
• Group Workshops
• Geoscience field excursion planning
• Multi-media techniques

The student must dedicate to the full programme that will likely require some preparatory work prior to Block 5. Contact the Course responsibles for details.
The course will involve fieldwork, international travel and preparatory work prior to Block 5 - contact the course responsible for details
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Preparation
  • 134
  • Theory exercises
  • 18
  • Field Work
  • 36
  • Total
  • 206
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Oral feedback on interim laboratory journals 
Peer feedback
Oral feedback and guidance though out the course

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, During course
Oral examination, 30 minutes
• 15 page report due at the end of Block 5 (August)
(Focus: the geology of the visited area, the material and product worked on (i.e., short film, guidebook, etc.),
• An oral presentation in powerpoint of 20 minutes that can contain a “sample” of video material (5 minutes) and/or presentation of what they will have achieved in terms of video and/or website content.
• An oral exam of 10 minutes where questions will be asked on the report and ppt presentation

There is no preparation time for the oral exam.
Part-exams are not weighted, and an overall assessment is provided.
Exam registration requirements
  • Participation in planned events on platform media with other international students
  • Participation in Fieldwork
Only certain aids allowed

Exam without aids. All aids are allowed when students are working on their written assignment. No aids allowed at the oral examination. The students can bring a copy of their handed-in report.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Identical to ordinary exam. 

The student may choose to resubmit a previously submitted version of their written assignment or to submit a new version of the report for assessment.

Students that fail to fullfill the exam registration requirement have to retake the course the following year.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.