Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course exposes students to research articles focusing on different research themes in meteorology. Students will thereby be introduced to central research questions through recent research findings and ongoing discussions in the scientific community. Discussions around these research themes aim to develop critical and independent thinking of the students. In addition, a written summary will help students to improve their scientific writing skills, which are needed for their Master thesis.

Students will discuss and present research articles as well as write a summary report. The scientific theme changes from year to year.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • has detailed knowledge of the main ideas, theories, methods, and results of a selected theme or research topic in meteorology
  • knows the guidelines for effective oral presentations
  • knows the principles of scientific writing and research ethics

The student

  • can perform a comprehensive literature research on a given topic
  • can identify and evaluate relevant literature
  • can write in accordance with scientific writing principles and research ethics
  • can give an effective oral or poster presentation on a given topic

General competence
The student

  • is able to synthesize the main ideas, theories, methods, and results of a selected theme or research topic in meteorology from the literature
  • is able to evaluate and critically discuss relevant literature
  • is able to present the essence and current discourse of the selected meteorological topic in written and oral form

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Spring. Runs only if enough students enrol.
Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester.
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Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or equivalent programs.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a master's programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching activities will be:
2 lectures á 2 hours in the first week to introduce the topic. Weekly article discussions á 2 hours including student presentations. 2 lectures á 2 hours in the middle of the semester on scientific writing.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Attendance of all lectures and participation in the discussions is compulsory. Written summary report, white paper assignment, participation in the peer review exercise and student presentations or poster are required. All parts must be passed. (Valid only for the semester when approved).
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
- student presentation or poster counts 40 % of total grade
- summary paper that counts 20 % of total grade
- written assignment that counts 40 % of the final grade
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination only in semester when the course is taught.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Geophysical Department