PETROGEO 7010 - Fundamentals of Energy Geoscience

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

PETROGEO 7010 is an integrated course of modules focusing on the characterisation and interpretation of sedimentary basin rock systems as hosts of conventional and unconventional petroleum resources, resources for gas energy storage and by-product sequestration, water resources and geothermal resources. The key technical topics are sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology and stratigraphic framework modelling by seismic survey data analysis and interpretation. Other sub-modular themes covered include reservoir controls in siliciclastic and carbonate depositional systems, facies analysis, petrology and diagenesis, correlation of strata using a variety of stratigraphic techniques such as sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy, and geomechanics. One particular module concerns wellsite operations, principally drilling, wireline logging and well testing. The focus here is on both the acquisition and interpretation of rock sample, petrophysical log and well test data.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7010
    Course Fundamentals of Energy Geoscience
    Coordinating Unit Earth Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per day (classroom sessions taught in intensive short-course mode ? 11 classroom days required).
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Honours degree level training or equivalent in Geoscience ? no specific course pre-requisites; Honours degree GPA of 5/7 or greater; substantive research project experience or equivalent workplace experience in a related technical role
    Corequisites (PETROGEO 7011 and PETROGEO 7012 and PETROGEO 7013)
    Assumed Knowledge Honours degree level training or equivalent in geoscience.
    Restrictions Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
    Assessment Possible field trip assessment/report; in-class tests; quizzes; core store log/report; drilling, wireline log & seismic interpretation practical exercises; oral presentation; take-home end-of-course assessment (summative).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kathryn Amos

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Frank Rarity
    Sedimentology: Dr Frank Rarity
    Stratigraphy: Prof. Peter McCabe
    Wellsite Operations: Dr Mark Bunch
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Have advanced knowledge in subsurface energy geoscience disciplines of: i) sedimentology and stratigraphy;, ii) seismic interpretation and subsurface mapping; iii) structural geology and geomechanics.
    2 Have a strong grounding in knowledge and interpretation skills relating to: i) wellsite operations (drilling and wireline logging); ii) petrology and diagenesis.
    3 Understand the current and future context for subsurface energy geoscience, as relates to petroleum and other subsurface fluid reservoir resources for the energy transition (such as CO2 and Hydrogen storage)
    4 Be able to analyse critically, evaluate and transform complex information (e.g. wireline log data, core, seismic reflection survey data) in order to interpret data from ancient sedimentary successions;
    5 Be able to communicate their knowledge and understanding to specialist audiences.
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

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    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

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    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

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    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

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    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

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    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled during Semester 1. During the dates of this course, students are expected to attend class each week day, between 9am and 5pm. Activities will include lectures, practicals, field trips, research, individual and group work. Coursework activities to be completed outside of class time are a part of the expected student workload within this course.

    Course information and material will be provided through MyUni.

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Siliciclastic Facies - Core observations 5 Individual Summative 27th March 1. 2. 3.
    Stratigraphy MyUni quiz 5 Individual Summative 1st April 1.
    Drilling Operations Assignment 10 Individual Summative 3rd April 1. 2. 3.
    Wireline Logging Assignment 10 Individual Summative 10th April 1. 2. 3.
    Siliciclastic Facies - core photo interpretation 15 Individual Summative 15th April 1. 2. 3.
    Carbonates oral presentation (5%) & Sandstone Petrology and Diagenesis MyUni quiz (3%) 8 Individual Summative 13-22 May 1. 3.
    Stratigraphy Assignment 15 Individual Summative 6th June 1. 2. 3.
    Exam (wireline, biostrat, petrology and diagenesis) 32 Individual Summative Exam period 1. 2.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    Assessment Detail

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    Late submission policy
    Work will be marked without prejudice, and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each 24 hour period (or part of) that an assessment task is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. An examiner may elect not to accept any assessment task that a student wants to submit after that task has been marked and feedback provided to the rest of the class.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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