2023-2024 / GEOL0268-2

Introduction to Research


20h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology5 crédits 


Annick Anceau, Collégialité


Annick Anceau

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is divided into two parts.
The first one (20h) is dedicated to information literacy. Bibliographic resources in Earth Sciences available at the University are presented. Among these : GEOREF, Scopus, GeoScienceWorld, the discovery tool of the University libraries, ... as well as certain specific internet resources. The correct writing of bibliographical references is also taught. The topics hereafter are also dealt with : how to write and to organize a report, how to prepare an oral presentation.
The second part is dedicated to individual research work. The proposed subject is defined in close cooperation with the professors of Geology Bachelor and Master degrees. A list with the proposals is given to students.
Each student has to write a report presenting a literature review and the interpretation of the obtained results. An audio-visual presentation of his/her work in front of the class is organised.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

- Teaching students to develop information literacy skills on a specific topic.
- Learning about scientific research.
- Teaching students to write down a written report of their research findings, and to communicate their results orally.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Having a good background in Earth Sciences.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Initiation to research.
Conducting a research project (laboratory, fieldwork, data processing) in a Universitary laboratory.
Writing a bibliographic synthesis.
Writing a scientific report.
Oral communication of the completed project.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The first part of the course is held in a classroom of the University. For the rest of their project, students are invited to work autonomously. Access to all documentation resources within the University are guaranteed. The research work is done under the supervision of a scientist of the laboratory proposing the work.
The second part of the course will be a hybrid. What cannot be done remotely will be done in the lab.

Recommended or required readings

A tutorial involving information literacy, writing, and oral presentation is at the disposal of students.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation of this course is based on the following : the current knowledge of the subject, the clarity and written quality of the text, the research work in the laboratory, the oral presentation.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Attendance and participation in class are compulsory for the exercice part.


Dr Annick ANCEAU Dép. ARGENCO/GEMME-GEO3 Quartier Polytech 1 Allée de la Découverte 9, Bât. B52 Premises 0/543 4000 Liège 1 Tel. 04/366 53 56 e-mail : a.anceau@uliege.be

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