Students exploring the cave system at Horne Lake during a GEOL401 field trip

Learning Outcomes Year 3/4

As they progress through Third Year, a geoscience student should develop the knowledge, skills and values listed below. Upon completion of Fourth Year Geoscience as student should:

GEOL Courses Covered


Demonstrate a current and comprehensive range of geoscience knowledge and methods


Assess complex data and multiple working hypotheses

300, 302, (304), 305, 308, (490/491)

Demonstrate mastery of appropriate terminology


Produce geologic models to explain earth phenomena by integrating geologic data, including maps, cross-sections, aerial photographs, and satellite imagery

300, 302, 304, 305, 308


Map geological materials, features and processes in the field using appropriate tools and techniques, including compass, hand drafting, GPS and GIS

300, 302, 304, 305

Write clear, tidy and detailed field notes that may be interpreted by another person

390 (300, 305?)

Generate new knowledge by employing appropriate modes of research inquiry to 1) identify and frame geoscience problems, 2) collect and organize data to test and refine hypotheses, 3) analyze and interpret data, and 4) develop logical conclusions with supporting rationale

300, 305, 308,
490, 491

Create effective oral presentations by following a clearly articulated and logical structure, using appropriate and effective visual aids, and demonstrating sufficient mastery of topics that they can answer questions and discuss ideas in more detail

(300, 308)
470, 490, 491

Write near-professional quality geologic reports to summarize a well-reasoned argument, with clearly defined objectives, summary of background research, ideas organized into logical categories


Analyze data and represent in appropriate graphical data summaries (i.e. figures, tables, graphs, ternary diagrams, etc.)

300, 304, 308

Cite references consistently, wherever appropriate, in a style that suits the medium


Critically evaluate geoscience publications and data



Demonstrate professionalism in working relationships by engaging in respectful, responsible dialogue with supervisors, colleagues, professionals, and the wider community, locally, regionally and globally


Demonstrate a professional work ethic and project management skills when working independently, and when collaborating with others

470, 480, 490, 491

Demonstrate adaptability and openness while working in unfamiliar and unpredictable situations, including online, classroom and field environments

(all, 301) 390

Adopt ethical and environmentally responsible professional practices

301, 304, 312, 380


Design and develop personal knowledge networks to keep abreast of new knowledge, skills, and values, and maintain life-long learning



Become a self-regulated learner using 1) metacognitive learning strategies, 2) self-awareness techniques, 3) self-motivation, and 4) behavioural skills to set goals, manage time and performance, and engage in self-directed deep learning

(300, 308) 380