Objective(s) of a study programme:
To prepare geologists professionals whose intellectual and practical skills match the requirements of modern Geosciences and knowledge-based technologies, demonstrating and applying a comprehensive geological knowledge and understanding, able to effectively apply it in practical activity, to analyze, critically and systematically evaluate the information and data, to develop and implement the scientific innovations in areas related to the Geosciences, in complex environmental research and various economic development areas, independently solve the geological problems in the context of modern science development, able to compete in the international labor market.
The Geology program is aimed in developing a number of Subject specific and General competences of the graduates. The major learning outcomes of program are focused to provide a deep scientific knowledge and understanding of underlying principles that enables each student to develop individual, social, subject specific and skills and abilities, such as:
ability to acquire deep and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structure and composition of the Earth, as a part of the global geological system, principles and methods of cognition of geological environment and geological processes, their mechanisms and evolution;
ability to plan and perform geological investigations, exploration of natural resources utilizing field and laboratory methods and techniques, evaluate and summarise results;
ability to define and determine geological problems and implement a strategy for solving problems in geology and Earth sciences;
ability to recognize the regularities of the evolution of geological processes, their interface with human activity; ability to understand the structure and peculiarities of the ground water and soil, and their evolution;
ability to communicate in correct Lithuanian and English languages both in oral and written;
ability to carry out geological investigations and work independently and in a team;
ability to organise the work and efficiently plan time;
ability to realize the professional and scientific interests in context of the development of modern science and for lifelong learning, to improve and update their knowledge and professional skills and develop new ones;
ability to collect, process and interpret complex geological information from various sources, ability to use efficiently the computer technologies and special software.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Lectures, problem-based teaching, consultations, discussions, variable seminars, practices, laboratory tasks, project preparation and presentation, fieldwork training, cognitive trips to scientific and business institutions, professional practice, introduction to and participation in the Department-based scientific projects in order to develop professional skills, prepare for future career, etc.
During the practices (laboratory tasks, fieldwork training, paper and essay writing), transferable skills will be acquired along with the professional skills. Some tasks such as Project of Investigation require not only knowledge of different courses but also develop investigation skills. An ability to work in groups is acquired when group projects are being prepared and defended and when students work in groups on separate tasks during fieldwork training.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The main criterion of assessment is an examination. The acquired knowledge, abilities and skills will be evaluated. ‘Summative assessment system’ is complemented with formative assessments. Student’s performance during the course will be evaluated continuously in order to improve his/her activity. Intermediate examinations, seminars, term papers, essays and presentations will be assessed and contribute to the final grade. The results of Term Paper (investigation scientific presentation), Project of Investigation, Professional Practice