Marine Geological Field-and Laboratory Course

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content:
The course gives a practical introduction to the application of marine geological and marine geophysical instrumentation and field methods (seismic, multibeam and sediment sampling) for acquisition and analyses/interpretation of seismic profiles, bathymetric data and sediment cores. There will be a theoretical introduction on the methods applied in the field and in the laboratories. The students must carry out an interpretation on the acquired/retrieved acoustic data set and in addition describe and analyse the sediment core material and present and discuss the results in a report.

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

  • can explain principle terms, definitions and theories
  • can classify and exemplify the most important marine erosion and deposition forms that occur in glacial-interglacial environments
  • can explain the main features of the geological development history (marine and terrestrial) during late-glacial and Holocene time in the study area
  • can describe and explain the methods used to reconstruct the erosions- and deposition history of marine fjord and shelf basins and how it can be traced/correlated in geological archives

The student

  • demonstrate and practice skills in data collection both during field work and in the sediment laboratory
  • can compile, interpret and summarize different geological archives and observations/data/principles with graphs and figures with geosystem data (e.g. seismic profiles, core data, time series)
  • can perform interpretation and field and laboratory investigations on collected field data and compile these data archives
  • can do simple searches for relevant Earth Science literature and data, as well as cite sources correctly
  • can compare and discuss different geological processes that have implications for the use of dating methods and interpretation of dating results

General competence
The student

  • can use a precise geological language for describing and discussing marine geological processes and events
  • can plan and implement marine geological surveys and apply geological and geophysical methods and integrate, analyse, interpret and critically discuss the results and present the results in a written report
  • can present the data collection, methods, results and geological interpretation in a report describing both the stratigraphy and the geological processes in the study area
  • demonstrate the ability to function individually, in collaboration and ethically with others
  • can use library and scientific databases to retrieve relevant information
  • can accomplish laboratory and field work/cruise in alignment with GEO's/UiB's health and safety regulations

Semester of Instruction

Spring. This is a course with limited capacity.


Required Previous Knowledge
Principles of marine geology and geophysics.
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
3 days field course/cruise. Compulsory assignments are valid for 2 subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are: Report.
  • Written report accounts for 100 % of the total 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
Spring. Assessment is only provided in semesters with teaching.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 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.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact
Course Administrator
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.