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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide a structured method for researching various forms of materials and sources with a critical approach for evaluation and appraisal.  This course will allow the development of the necessary research skills required to undertake the independent project.  Other skills developed include CV preparation, interview practice and group working techniques. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Presentation skills: oral, written and electronic (lectures and practicals)[6 hours] 2. Research skills in the Social Sciences [6 hours] 3. Research skills in Science and Engineering [6 hours] 4. Overview of the energy industry [12 hours] 5. Ethics and diversity workshop [3 hours] 6. Day trips and visits in the Aberdeen area [4 hours] 7. Field trip to an area with a high concentration of oil and gas related businesses. There is a geological element, but overall we aim to demonstarate the range of support needed for oil and gas activity and some of the consequences of development. The trip enables the students to witness most aspects of the Project Life Cycle applied to the oil and gas industry [5 days of 8 hours = 40 hours; currently in northern Scotland] 8. Set group exercises [15 hours]

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assessment of many of the skills elements is formative with instant feedback. Much of the field assessment is also formative with instant feedback, including peer assessment. There are four summative elements: 1. Team poster presentations on an aspect of the energy industry. (20%) 2. An individual PowerPoint presentation arguing a case for a particular course of action in the energy industry. (30%) 3. A team presentation on an aspect of the field trip. (20%) 4. An individual proposal for their main research project in course GL5923. (30%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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