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GEOL402 Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1

Advanced methods and techniques in field- and laboratory-based geoscience research, including research planning, scientific writing and presentation of findings.

This paper is designed for students entering 400-level in the second semester, and it should be followed by GEOL 403 in the first semester of the following year. The equivalent full-year 20-point paper, for students starting in the first semester, is GEOL 401.

Paper title Advanced Research Methods in Geoscience 1
Paper code GEOL402
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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GEOL 401
Course outline

View the 400-level handbook (latest handbook indicative of content next time the paper is taught)


  • Understanding of all aspects of basic geology and some areas to a more advanced level
  • Equivalent training to having completed third-year geology at Otago

Most students taking this paper will be completing a research project at 400-level with an academic supervisor in the Geology Department.


Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr Steven Smith

All Geology staff may contribute to this paper.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a high-quality research plan for a postgraduate research project. Students will also develop the ability to synthesise scientific ideas and arguments and present them in the form of a portfolio of notes.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system