Sedimentary Basins - Evolution, Environments and Resources (part 1)

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of types of sedimentary basins set in a plate-tectonic framework, and to proceed from there in a series of steps to progressively smaller scale and higher degree of details. Throughout there will be a strong emphasis on explorational aspects for resources, such as hydrocarbons and groundwater. The main framework of basin analysis is introduced in the first block (1).

Education

MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

  • Types of sedimentary basins set in a plate-tectonic framework
  • explorational aspects for resources, such as hydrocarbons and groundwater, in sedimentary basins


Skills:

  • describe the types of sedimentary basins in a plate-tectonic framework, and to proceed from there in a series of steps to progressively smaller scale and higher degrees of detail
  • describe the explorational aspects for hydrocarbons and groundwater
  • make a professional-style oral presentation and write a short, concise report on a selected subject which can be directly used by a wide range of professionals.


Competences:

  • classify sedimentary basins within a plate tectonic framework
  • describe and interpret the basin fill in a stratigraphic-tectonic framework
  • explain the main elements in the analysis of the sedimentary source areas, including geology, provenance, sediment flux and drainage patterns
  • identify, describe and interprete major depositional systems by correlation of outcrops, well logs and seismic profiles using seismic and sequence stratigraphy and seismic geomorphology
  • identify and explain potential occurrences of economically important resources, notably hydrocarbons in the investigated basins
  • undertake a synthesis of the formation, stratigraphical development and resources of a basin based on all available data
  • give an oral presentation of this synthesis and present it in a short, concise report

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Aid
Without aids

The oral examination is without aids.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • English
  • 206