GEOL356-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023

Field-focused Research Methods

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 4 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 February 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 7 May 2023


Field-focused Research Methods

GEOL356 / ENVR356 is an undergraduate research course for students enrolled in the Frontiers Abroad programme. This course is designed to link field modules and/or data collection with instruction in research methods and tutorials dedicated to working in research teams analyzing, processing and interpreting data.  As part of this course, students conduct their own independent research component as part of a larger team research project.  At the end of the course students will have completed a series of learning objectives, written a short journal-article style paper, and delivered a professional research presentation.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 219 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 13 Feb - 19 Feb
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 20:00 Ernest Rutherford 211
Ernest Rutherford 219 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab (22/2-15/3, 26/4-31/5)
Ernest Rutherford 220 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab (22/2-29/3, 26/4-31/5)
211A GIS Comp Lab (22/2-29/3, 26/4-31/5)
Ernest Rutherford 141 (22/3-29/3)
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinators

Sarah Smithies and Darren Gravley


Darren Gravley and Travis Horton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Research Proposal 10% Research Proposal
Paper Critique 10% Paper Critique
Introduction 10% Introduction
Reflection and Class participation 10% Reflection and Class participation
Abstract 5% Abstract
Research poster and presentation 25% Research poster and presentation
Research manuscript / paper / report 30% Research manuscript / paper / report

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,902.00

International fee $9,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

All GEOL356 Occurrences

  • GEOL356-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023
  • GEOL356-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023 - Not Offered
  • GEOL356-23X2 (C) Special non-calendar-based Two 2023