PETROGEO 7020 - Advanced Petroleum Geoscience I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

PETROGEO 7020 builds on PETROGEO 7010 and covers advanced topics in sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology and geomechanics. Emphasis is given on applying concepts to the interpretation of the subsurface on scales that are relevant to the exploration and production of both conventional and unconventional petroleum resources.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7020
    Course Advanced Petroleum Geoscience I
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled during Semester. During the classroom component, students are expected to attend each week day, 9am - 5pm. Activities include lecture, exercises, individual assessment
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PETROL 7010, 7011, 7012, 7013
    Assessment Assessment includes a final exam and assessment of work completed during the semester. Assessed exercises include activities such as submitted assignments, practical class exercise submission and oral presentations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Simon Holford

    Structural Geology and Geomechanics: Dr Khalid Amrouch
    Sedimentology: Dr Frank Rarity
    Sedimentary petrology: Dr Ulricke Schacht
    Reservoir modelling: Dr Frank Rarity
    Stratigraphy: Prof. Peter McCabe
    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 specialised knowledge in petroleum geoscience disciplines related to petroleum systems especially sedimentology, stratigraphy, and structural geology.
    2 Be able to independently critically analyse and synthesise complex information in order to interpret geologic data related to petroleum systems.
    3 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled during Semester 2. 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.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    During the dates of the intensive format module, students are expected to attend class each weekday, between 9am and 5pm. Participation in all aspects of the fieldtrips is required. Coursework activities to be completed outside of class time are a part of the expected student workload within this course.
    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
    Wellsite ops assessment 9 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3.
    Petroleum systems assessment 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3.
    Stratigraphy assessment 18 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3.
    Sedimentology assessment 27 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3.
    Final exam (structural geology and sedimentology) 36 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3.
    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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