PETROGEO 4011 - Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience II - Honours

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

PETROGEO 4011 comprises an integrated set of modules focusing on structural geology and geomechanics, seismic data analysis, subsurface mapping and exploration management. Modules cover both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Topics in the Structural Geology and Geomechanics module are; faults; folds; structural traps and fault seal analysis, geomechanical concepts, source of stresses, and stress regimes. The seismic module covers seismic principles, seismic expression of geological features, interpretation workflow and depth conversion. The Subsurface Mapping module introduces methods for producing maps/models of the subsurface. The Exploration Management module is designed to acquaint the student with the oil industry structure, government agencies, legislation, joint ventures and farm-ins and farm-outs. The economics of the industry are introduced, and aspects of industry and company performance are covered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROGEO 4011
    Course Fundamentals of Petroleum Geoscience II - Honours
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    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 this course, students are expected to attend class each week day between 9am and 5pm. Activities will include lectures, practicals, research
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Bachelor's degree training or equivalent in geoscience.
    Course Description PETROGEO 4011 comprises an integrated set of modules focusing on structural geology and geomechanics, seismic data analysis, subsurface mapping and exploration management. Modules cover both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Topics in the Structural Geology and Geomechanics module are; faults; folds; structural traps and fault seal analysis, geomechanical concepts, source of stresses, and stress regimes. The seismic module covers seismic principles, seismic expression of geological features, interpretation workflow and depth conversion. The Subsurface Mapping module introduces methods for producing maps/models of the subsurface. The Exploration Management module is designed to acquaint the student with the oil industry structure, government agencies, legislation, joint ventures and farm-ins and farm-outs. The economics of the industry are introduced, and aspects of industry and company performance are covered.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Khalid Amrouch

    Exploration Management: Michael Frost
    Subsurface Mapping and Seismic Interpretation: Mark Bunch
    Structural Geology and Geomechanics: 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 4011, students will have:
    1. From Exploration Management subject:
    - Fundamental knowledge of the oil industry structure, government agencies, legislation, joint ventures, and farm-ins and farm-outs.
    - Basic understanding of cash flow, payout, profit to investment ratios, and time value concepts including rate of return and net present value.
    - Basic knowledge of aspects of industry and company performance, strategy formulation and the use of metrics.

    2. From Subsurface Mapping subject:
    - Basic skill for subsurface analyses.
    - Basic knowledge required to hand generate contour maps from discrete data points and also the practicalities behind computer generated contour mapping.

    3. From Seismic Interpretation subject:
    - An Introduction to the fundamentals of seismic interpretation. It therefore concentrates on structural interpretation, leaving stratigraphic interpretation to the Stratigraphy course.
    - A basic knowledge of a seismic acquisition and processing.
    - A good The afternoons are devoted to practical work, which comprises two major exercises: interpretation of 2D seismic data on a workstation, and interpretation of a 3D survey on a workstation. The workstation exercises are conducted in small groups, allowing all students to gain hands-on experience. The practicals stress the effort and discipline involved in producing a self-consistent interpretation of horizons and faults by working on grids or volumes of data, rather than interpreting single lines.

    4. Structural Geology & Geomechanics
    - Basic rock mechanics (forces, stress and strain and Mohr's circle of stress) and fault mechanics (fault/fracture meshes, and the Andersonian classification of faults)
    - Basic principles of structural geology with a focus on the main structural geometries seen on seismic data and in outcrop oil industry.
    - Basic understanding of the structural styles associated with extension, compression, inversion and strike-slip or salt tectonics.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Lectures and practicals will be available on MyUni (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/)
  • 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, 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.
    Workload

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    There are three weeks intensive format lectures (9am - 5pm) during the first semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please refer to the curriculum of Petroleum Geoscience Program 2016.
  • 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 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
    Assessment Related Requirements
    You will be advised of the practical collected at the beginning of the prac session. Alternative test dates for students who cannot be present on the date of the test on medical and compassionate grounds can be requested through the Course Coordinator.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    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:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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.

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

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

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