PETROGEO 7022 - Energy Geoscience: MSc Research Project I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

PETROGEO 7022 runs runs as the first part of the MSc in Energy Geoscience research project with PETROGEO 7023 (second part) by two possible patterns. The default pattern involves students conducting a group research project under the supervision of a panel of expert staff. Students will work together as a team to define and characterise the elements and processes of a particular geological energy system type (petroleum accumulation; hydrogen accumulation/generation/storage; CO2 sequestration; geothermal) within an Australian sedimentary basin, as selected by members of a supervisory staff panel. Each student will have responsibility for investigating and reporting on particular elements and/or processes of the identified energy system. Students will then bring their components together as a group to formulate a cohesive timing chart of events that demonstrates critical moments in the history of the developing system or critical sequences required for its resource development. This information will be used to predict the location of resource sweet-spots. These results will be used to map exploration and/or development/production risk in the basin and explain the cause(s) of any failed projects to develop the resource in the past. The elements and processes of geo-energy systems are interlinked so students will need to collaborate within their group in order to develop their own areas of work. These dependencies will be illustrated in weekly meetings that summarise group progress. Students will be assessed for their approach and their contributions at these meetings, though the majority of a student's final grade is awarded by assessment of the final group thesis and presentation during oral examination. The alternative pattern applies when class numbers are too low to form an effective working group for the default project pattern as described above. In this case, all students will undertake an individual research project concerning a specific, relevant topic related to geo-energy resource systems (conventional and unconventional petroleum; hydrogen; CO2 sequestration; geothermal) that will be supervised by a panel of two academic members of staff. Assessment will be by presentation of preliminary results (formative), submission of a substantive research thesis (summative), and oral examination (summative).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7022
    Course Energy Geoscience: MSc Research Project I
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 2 hours a week for formal project meetings with academic supervisors and/or presentations to the supervisory staff panel; possible daily contact with project supervisors on an ad-hoc basis.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PETROGEO 7010, PETROGEO 7011, PETROGEO 7020, PETROGEO 7013
    Corequisites PETROGEO 7023
    Incompatible PETROGEO 7020, PETROGEO 7021
    Assumed Knowledge Honours degree level training or equivalent in geoscience.
    Restrictions Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
    Assessment Oral presentations (formative); thesis assessment (summative); oral exam (summative).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Bunch

    Co-coordinator: Dr Ulrike Schacht
    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 Work as part of a team to define and characterise all elements and processes of a petroleum system within a sedimentary basin.
    2 Become an expert in the investigation of, and reporting on, particular petroleum system elements and/or processes.
    3 Express the geological development of a petroleum system by palaeogeographic reconstructions and burial history modelling of a sedimentary basin.
    4 Formulate a cohesive timing chart of events that demonstrates critical moments in the history of the petroleum system.
    5 Collaborate within the project group in order to demonstrate and describe the interlinkages between the elements and processes of a petroleum system.
    6 Predict the location of likely hydrocarbon accumulations within the subsurface of sedimentary basin.
    7 Map the risk that critical elements or processes did not or do not occur in the project definition of a fully formed and functioning petroleum system.

    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.


    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.

    1-4, 6, 7

    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.

    1, 3-7

    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.

    1-4, 6, 7

    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.

    1, 4, 5

    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.

    1, 3-5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    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
    Weekly project team meetings - personal performance 7.5 Individual Formative Weeks 6-9 1. 2. 3. 7.
    Weekly project team meetings - teamwork 7.5 Group Formative Weeks 6-9 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Group thesis - personal chapter 52.5 Individual Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 7.
    Group thesis - collected chapters 17.5 Group Summative Week 12 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Oral Examination - personal presentation 11.25 Individual Summative Week 15 1. 2. 3. 7.
    Oral Examination - project team Q&A 3.75 Group Summative Week 15 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    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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    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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