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

Course content

The course addresses theory and cases related to the formation, evolution, and analysis of sedimentary basins. Fundamental theoretical concepts are introduced and related to plate tectonics. Emphasis is placed on the sedimentary infill of basins, and aspects of exploration for resources are addressed throughout. A topic or case relating to sedimentary basin theory is investigated in detail by the students and presented in a written report.  


MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


Fundamental concepts and theory of sedimentary basin formation, evolution and analyses.

Basic plate tectonic framework controlling sedimentary basin evolution.

Key aspects of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and large-scale stratal geometries related to sedimentary basin evolution.

Aspects of exploration for resources in sedimentary basins.


Understand the fundamental concepts and theory of sedimentary basins.

Describe the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins within a plate tectonic framework.

Classify sedimentary basins within a plate tectonic framework.

Describe the large-scale stratal geometries and sedimentary successions relating to basin evolution. Describe aspects of resource exploration related to sedimentary basins.

Prepare a scientific report on a topic or case relating to sedimentary basins.


Synthesize and communicate the relation between sedimentary basin filling history and tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins.

Synthesize key aspects of resource exploration and relate them to sedimentary basin evolution.

Explain the fundamental concepts and theory of sedimentary basins.

Synthesize and communicate the key aspects of a topic or case related sedimentary basins, both orally and in a written scientific report. 

The form of teaching is a combination of lectures, exercises, workshops, and possibly field work. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the course
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.
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
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206