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SOES6064 Barrel Award

Module Overview

This is a team project, which depends for its success on the skills, abilities, efforts and teamwork of the participating students. The winning team from Southampton will be put forward to compete in an international competition organised by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Restricted to MSci Geology and MSci Geophysics students who are ALSO taking SOES6059 Basin Analysis. It is also offered to students on the taught MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics programme. Optional module for MSci Geology, MSci Geophysics and MRes students. Note: Numbers are restricted to 20 students. If the module is oversubscribed, places will be allocated by the Coordinator based on academic performance in Year 3 and the need to create balanced teams with both MSci Geology and MSci Geophysics representation.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evidence of rigorous and creative technical evaluations
  • The ability to work to a strict deadline
  • The ability to work effectively within a team
  • The ability to make decisions based on incomplete data
  • The ability to give convincing oral presentations to a panel of industry experts.

Syllabus

You will work in teams of 5 students, to analyse and interpret an exploration data set provided by, and representative of current practice in, the energy exploration industry. Assessment is by group presentation at the end of the course, and includes a competition between the teams. The winning team from Southampton will be put forward to compete in the international competition of the European section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG Europe), and the chance (should they win the European section competition) to go on to compete at the international finals in the USA.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The core ethos of this activity is that it is a team project, which depends for its success on the skills, abilities, efforts and teamwork of the participating students. The end product is an interpretation and evaluation of the data provided, communicated through a team presentation. This should be entirely the result of each team's work, and not that of the supervising staff. Staff input will be limited to overall organisation, and to providing appropriate advice or help when it is requested. The coordinator will act as facilitator and overall advisor. Other staff may act as specialist advisor(s) in particular technical areas as needed. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Supervised time in studio/workshop140
Tutorial10
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Group Presentation (70%): A 25 minute seminar presentation on the group's project results, to which each member of the group must contribute. Assessed using the criteria defined by AAPG. Awarded a group mark, by a judging panel consisting of University staff and external experts. Group Executive Summary Document (15%): a 1-page (double sided) Executive Summary document to accompany the presentation. Awarded a group mark by the co-ordinator. Individual contribution: assessed on the basis of each individual's contribution to the team, and be determined by peer assessment (15%).

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 70%
Group report 15%
Individual contribution 15%
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