PETROGEO 7013 - Petroleum Systems and Basin Evaluation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

PETROGEO 7013 presents an integrated course containing modules focusing on Petroleum Systems and Basin Evaluation, covering both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources. This course covers a range of topics related to the key elements and processes of the petroleum system, including hydrocarbon generation, migration, accumulation and alteration. Techniques for source rock evaluation and assessing organic maturation are reviewed, and the mechanisms and efficiencies of migration are reconstructed. The course progresses to focus on thermal history modelling and basin analysis, which provides the basis for predicting the timing and extent of petroleum generation in sedimentary basins. Thermal models derived from borehole information (e.g. stratigraphy, bottom hole temperatures, lithology) and theoretical models are discussed. Different thermal maturation indicators are reviewed and their use in calibrating thermal models demonstrated. This course concludes with the capstone experience of a week-long field trip to an Australian sedimentary basin where key elements of the petroleum geoscience program are incorporated, including sedimentology, stratigraphy, diagenesis, structural geology and geomechanics, petroleum systems, reservoirs, seals and pay.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7013
    Course Petroleum Systems and Basin Evaluation
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact This course will be taught in intensive format, with modules scheduled during Semester 1. During the dates of the classroom component of this course, students are expected to attend class each week day, between 9am & 5pm. Activities will include lecture
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Corequisites PETROGEO 7010, 7011, 7012
    Assumed Knowledge Bachelor's degree training or equivalent in geoscience.
    Assessment Assessment includes a final exam and assessment of work completed during the semester, including a major report based on the Amadeus Basin fieldtrip. Assessed exercises include activities such as submitted assignments, practical class exercise submission
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peter McCabe

    Petroleum Systems: Dr Simon Holford
    Amadeus Basin Fieldtrip coordinator and sedimentology/stratigraphy: Prof. Peter McCabe
    Amadeus Basin structural geology: Dr Khalid Amrouch
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of PETROGEO 7013, students will:
    1) Have specialised knowledge in petroleum geoscience disciplines related to petroleum systems especially sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology and basin evolution.
    2) Be able to both independently and as a team critically analyse and synthesise complex information in order to interpret data from regional geologic observations.
    3) Be able to communicate their knowledge and understanding to specialist audiences.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in both an intensive format module and a 10-day fieldtrip scheduled during Semester 1. Activities will include lectures and practicals. Students actively participate in the fieldtrip to central Australia including making observations, group discussions, and teamwork. Course information and material will be provided through MyUni.

    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 fieldtrip 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

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    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment includes a final exam and assessment of a report based on observations made during the field trip and related literature readings.
    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.

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

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