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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Process Studies and Field Techniques

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Thorbjørn Joest Andersen (3-766c63426b6970306d7730666d)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NGEA09055U

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of some of the more advanced research methodologies and equipment used within the field of sediment transport studies. A significant part of the time is reserved for an introduction to the software program Matlab which is used for analysis of a lot of field-data. The course will include training in design of process studies and small research projects and introduce basic as well as more advanced instrumentation and field measurement techniques. The course will take its starting point in current research projects and problems and will also be planned in accordance with students’ special interests within the field.

Learning outcome


Transport of cohesive and non-cohesive sediments in the aquatic environment, erodibility of cohesive sediments, settling of aggregated/flocculated sediment, particle size analysis in situ using laser diffraction, measurements with ADV (Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter), basic Matlab programming.


  • use basic and advanced research equipment used for studies of sediment transport
  • use Matlab for simple presentation and analysis of field-data
  • estimate the pros and cons and uncertainty of typical research methods and equipment


Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with sediment transport

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent

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MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience


Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures and field trips. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.


25 students (1 class of 25).




Please see Absalon course page.


Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 112
Field Work 24
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Seberal internal examiners.


Resubmission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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