PETROGEO 7013 - Geo-Energy Systems in Sedimentary Basins

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

PETROGEO 7013 presents an integrated course containing modules focusing on the definition of geological energy systems within sedimentary basins, covering both conventional and unconventional petroleum resources, gas energy storage and by-product sequestration resources, water resources and geothermal resources. This course covers a range of topics related to the key elements and processes of a petroleum system, and applies this resource system concept to define the operating components of the other geological energy systems in sedimentary basins that will become key parts of the energy transition. The course will progress to focus on basin analysis and history modelling that accounts for the development of resources over geological time to the present day, and predicts evolving basin conditions for ongoing extractive, storage and disposal energy operations of the future. This course includes a capstone, field-based learning experience that will place at an appropriate stage in the Semester 1 coursework schedule. Focused experiences on this trip will provide a broad, conceptual framework for the way sedimentary basins function as current & future energy resources, and will encompass the key technical topic areas of energy exploration geoscience, namely: sedimentology, stratigraphy, diagenesis, structural geology, geomechanics, reservoirs, seals, conventional pay and trapping systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 7013
    Course Geo-Energy Systems in Sedimentary Basins
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources
    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 ? 3.5 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 7010, PETROGEO 7011 & PETROGEO 7012
    Assumed Knowledge Honours degree level training or equivalent in Geoscience.
    Restrictions Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience OR Master of Petroleum Engineering Science
    Assessment Field trip assessment; in-class test; energy systems chart; take-home end-of-course assessment (summative).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Simon Holford

    Coursework: Prof Simon Holford
    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, 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.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • 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
    This course comprises a 3.5 day in-class component and a 7-10 day field-based component, where theoretical concepts that are presented in class are applied to an ancient sedimentary basin. Topics covered during the in class component include:
    DAY 1: Petroleum systems, source rocks, hydrocarbon generation and migration
    DAY 2: Thermal histories of sedimentary basins, methods for quantifying past temperatures, basin modelling
    DAY 3: Subsidence analysis, processes of sedimentary basin formation
  • 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
    In class assessment 9.9 Individual Formative / Summative Week 3 1. 2. 3.
    Petroleum systems chart 3.3 Individual Formative / Summative Week 5 1. 2. 3.
    Take home examination 19.8 Individual Formative Exam period 1. 2. 3.
    Field trip assessment 67 Individual Formative / Summative Week 12 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
    The course will be assessed with a weighting of 33% on selected in-class assessments and 67% on assessments related to the field trip.
    Submission of Work for Assessment
    Exercises should be submitted online, unless otherwise indicated.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.

    Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    Assessment tasks must be submitted by the stated deadlines. There will be a penalty for late submission of assessment tasks. The submitted work will be marked ‘without prejudice’ and 10% of the obtained mark will be deducted for each working day (or part of a day) 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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