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A three-year theoretical and practical programme of study at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. It provides 180 credit ECTS units and qualifies for the degree of baccalaureus scientiarum, BS. Entrance requirements are a student examination from a secondary school. Preferable preparation is: Mathematics 21cr. (35 fein), science 30cr. (50 fein) of which 6cr. (10 fein) should be in physics, 6cr. (10 fein) in chemistry and 6cr. (10 fein) in geology.
On completion of his/her studies the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge, ability and skills as follows:
The student has knowledge of the basic principles of mathematics, physics and chemistry relevant to geology.
The student has knowledge of the various ideas and theories regarding Earth's origin, formation, morphology and history.
The student has good knowledge of the key processes active on earth, and understands the interaction between processes and formation.
The student has understanding of the appropriate scientific approaches and technical methods used in geology: observations in the field, experiments and modelling, as well as methods used in the analysis of data and in some experimental results.
The student is acquainted with the methodology and approximations used in geology: observations in the field, experiments and models, and how they are interlinked. The student has good understanding of data analysis.
The student is able to set up and proceed with field research, sampling programmes and work on simple experiments in the laboratory.
The student is able to use basic laboratory equipment efficiently and safely.
The student is able to understand the basis for and the limitations of a range of more advanced practical techniques.
The student is able to analyse numerical data and has sound working knowledge of error analysis and data assessment.
The student has knowledge and understanding of the main theories, concepts and methods in geology.
The student is able to collect and retrieve appropriate information in geology and related fields, select, classify and collate as appropriate.
The student is able to evaluate primary and secondary evidence and arguments.
The student is able to analyse and interpret numerical and graphical information.
The student is able to integrate and link information from different course components, including material studied in different years and from different disciplines.
The student is able to plan and execute a presented research task.
Competence / ability
The student is able to work in a team in collecting and communicating information by means of reports and presentations.
The student is able to communicate in his/her field, orally and in writing. The student can compile comprehensive reports including graphical and numerical data and present such material orally.
The student can use information technology to, a) manage files, b) process text, use spreadsheets, browse the web and communicate; c) use web-based files and data bases; d) use simple numerical and algebraic software.
The student is able to explore, analyse and find effective solutions to problems involving reasonably complex information.
The student is able to study independently, plan and organise his/her work and time and meet targets within deadlines.
The student has acquired the necessary learning skills and ability to maintain and augment his/her knowledge by acquiring and reading appropriate information.
The student has adopted an independent and critical frame of mind, a broadness of mind and originality which benefits his/her study.