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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 Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOL 401
  • 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

Co-ordinator: Dr Steven Smith

All Geology staff may contribute to this paper.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system