GEOLOGY 3515 - Energy Resources III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 3515 Course Energy Resources III Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Course Description This course covers the processes and systems that control the formation and storage of energy resources (e.g. water, hydrogen, heat (geothermal) and hydrocarbons) in sedimentary basins. This course will examine the formation of different types of sedimentary basins, the geological settings and climates that control the sediments and structures we observe within them and the burial and uplift histories of basins, all of which set up the present-day setting where energy resources can be stored naturally or anthropogenically (e.g. CO2 injection for storage). Thus, this course draws upon sedimentary, structural and igneous geology, stratigraphy, geochemistry and geodynamics. The course introduces stratigraphic, geophysical and geochemical techniques that can be applied to the detection and mapping of energy resources and location for storage of CO2. Practical work emphasises the integration of different types of data at a regional scale to understand the geology of a basin and its potential for energy resources and storage at all scales from small to large.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rosalind KingThis course will be taught by course coordinator A/Prof. Ros King, A/Prof. Kathryn Amos and Dr Mark Bunch.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Schedule Week Module Lecture Practical Assessment Week 1 Basins Tectonics of Basins
Basin Formation and Development
Tute - Basins (assessed)
Basin Structure Tute Exercieses Week 2 Basin Fill
Tute - Basin Fill
Flume Tank Stratigraphy Week 3 Sequence Stratigraphy I
Sequence Stratigraphy II
PUBLIC HOLIDAY Week 4 Biostratigraphy
Integrated Stratigraphic Analysis
Tute - Stratigraphy (assessed)
Stratigraphic Interpretation (Core Library) Tute Exercises Week 5 Sediment sources, provenance, geochemistry
Diagenesis, uplift history, overpressure and heat flow
Tute - Basin Analysis
Provanance of Sediments Week 6 Hydrogeology (fluid dynamics)
Oral Exams Session Oral Exam Week 7 Petrophysics II
Tute - Petrophysics Reflection
Rock Properties from Borehole Logs Week 8 Fault and Fracture Networks
Geothermal and Nuclear Energy
Tute - Geothermal
Migration Superhighways Week 9 Hydrocarbons I
Tute - Hydrocarbons
Hydrocarbons Week 10 CO2 Sequestration
Tute - CO2 Systems
CO2 Sequestration Week 11 Hydrogen Storage
Tute - Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Storage Week 12 No Lectures Future of energy in Australia & Poster Prep Week 13 Poster Session Poster Presentation
Course Learning OutcomesSuccessful students in this course should be able to:
1 Demonstrate proficiency in practical skills to identify energy resources 2 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the formation of sedimentary basins and evaluate and interpret the processes leading to the storage of energy systems 3 Use and evaluate the appropriate strategies and methods for exploration of energy resources and potential storage and the scientific approaches being applied to exploration, production and storage 4 Integrate data of varied type (stratigraphic, geochemical, geophysical) to analyse the potential of an energy resource 5 Demonstrate understanding of the position of the energy industry (e.g. water, CO2 sequestration, hydrogen, geothermal, hydrocarbons) in the Australian economy 6 Demonstrate knowledge of the geological characteristics of the geology of Australian energy resources
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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, 2, 3, 4 and 6
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.
4, 5, 6
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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.
Required ResourcesStudents will receive a detailed packet of course notes and a digital copy of all slideshows from lectures. These will be readily available on MyUni.
While not compulsory, a laptop or tablet will be useful for some practical sessions.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni. We use it often. Students should regularly check the MyUni website for important course-related announcements. Teaching materials, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site. This information will be sent to your University of Adelaide email accounts so ake sure you check them regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of:
- 1 x 5-hour COMPULSORY practical session per week from weeks 1 to 13 (excluding the public holidays).
- 2 x 1-hour lecture sessions per week from weeks 1 to 12 (excluding the public holidays).
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.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., practical and lectures), as well as non-contact time (e.g., completion of tasks, reading and revision).
For this course there are 7 hours of contact time in class, therefore, you are expected to spend an additional 5 hours on non-contact time finishing practicals (where appropriate), revising and completing additional readings.
Learning Activities SummarySee course timetable above
Specific Course RequirementsAttendenance at ALL practical sessions is COMPULSORY.
Absences must be approved by the Course Coordinator via the form on My Uni and appropriate documents.
Failure to attend these practicals may result in failure of the course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome 2x tute exercise sets Formative and summative Weeks 1 and 4 10% (5% each) 2, 6 Oral Exam Formative and summative Week 6 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Poster Presentation Summative Week 13 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Final Exam Summative Exam Period 40% 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at practicals is compulsory. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on
this hands-on experience and practice. Therefore, missing any practical class in the semester without an allowed absence will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence to the Course Coordinator.
Assessment DetailTute Exercise Sets (10%)
In class tutes held during the second lecture slot each week will review content from the weeks lectures and practical. A set of practical exercises will be provided to examine a students knowledge and understanding of the subject at that point and will be used to guide the tutorial and future lecture content. They should also be used to focus a student in their revision. The exercises will include a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions, quick calculations, photo, map or log interpreation. Exercise sets from weeks 1 and 4 will be examined.
Oral Exam (20%)
This exam will cover aspects of energy resources and associated datasets for content provided in weeks 1 to 5 of lectures and practcials. The exam will involve a short (~15mins) discussion between the student and two members of teaching staff. The student will be assessed on their understanding of the content. These will be held at an allocated time during the week 6 practical session.
Poster Session (30%)
Each student will prepare and present a poster on their chosen topic. It will be presented in the week 13 practical session.
Final Exam (40%)
An exam is set at the end of the course to ensure summative knowledge of the course material.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the
assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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.
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