Geology (GEOL) 496

Geology Projects (Revision 1)

GEOL 496 Course Cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study with home lab component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: Permission of the professor and at least 12 credits (at least three of the credits at the senior level) in the topic area. Students must complete GEOL 495 before registering in GEOL 496.

Before registering, students must submit an acceptable project proposal to the course coordinator, Dr. Ken Munyikwa

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Centre: Centre for Science

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GEOL 495 and GEOL 496 are based on contracted study arrangements between the student and an approved supervisor. Students improve their skills to choose and define problems, obtain information from libraries or experiments, organize facts and ideas, and report ideas and conclusions in written form.

These courses are for students who wish to carry out science-related projects in geology, or to obtain formal recognition of science-related skills and training they have received on the job. A student may do one three-credit project (GEOL 495) or two, three-credit projects (GEOL 495 and GEOL 496). Before registering, the student must submit an acceptable project proposal.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  • formulate research questions to address geological/scientific problems.
  • develop hypotheses and provide possible explanations for observed phenomena.
  • review existing literature on pertinent topics and illustrate familiarity with current ideas.
  • propose a research plan to address one or more scientific questions.
  • conduct a study or experiments to generate new data that test the hypothesis.
  • examine research results critically to ensure their validity.
  • present research results and demonstrate ability to communicate research findings.


To receive credit for GEOL 495 and GEOL 496, you must complete written reports and other prepared materials based on guidelines derived from the learning contract. Credit will be granted only after you have successfully completed a telephone quiz based on the results of your study.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials include a course description and student manual.

Special Course Features

This course may involve library, field, or lab work as agreed to by the student and supervisor. Students are expected to obtain and pay for all materials used in the projects. A project supervisor can be a faculty member at Athabasca University or, alternatively, someone external who is appropriately qualified. Students are requested to contact the course coordinator to obtain a project proposal form.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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