GEOLOGY 3515 - Energy Resources III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
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, Dr Kathryn Amos and Dr Mark Bunch. Kathryn and Mark are for the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Schedule Week Module Lecture Practical Assessment Week 1 Basins Sedimentary Basins and New Energy
Tectonics of Basins
No Practical Week 2 Basin Formation and Development
Basin Structure Week 3 Basin Analysis
PUBLIC HOLIDAY Week 4 Sequence Stratigraphy
Flume Tank Stratigraphy Practical Assessment Week 5 Integrated Stratigraphic Analysis
Sediment sources, provenance, geochemistry
Stratigraphic Interpretation Online Quiz Week 6 Petrophysics
Geofluids and Diagenesis
Provanance of Sediments/Burial Uplift Week 7 Fluid dynamics
In situ stress and Overpressure
PUBLIC HOLIDAY Week 8 Fracture networks
Rock Properties from Borehole Logs Practical Assessment Week 9 Hydrodynamics
Hydrocarbons I (resources)
World Stress Map Practical Assessment Week 10 Hydrocarbons II (hydrodynamics)
Store It Online Quiz Week 11 Hydrogen Storage
Trap It Week 12 Future of energy in Australia
Don't Lose It Week 13 Online Quiz
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 2 to 12 (excluding the public holidays). There is no practical session in week 1.
- 2 x 1-hour lecture sessions per week from weeks 1 to 12.
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 Online Quizzes Formative and summative Weeks 5, 10 and 13 30% (10% each) 2, 6 Practical Component Formative and summative Weeks 4, 8 and 9 30% (10% each) 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 DetailOnline Quizzes (30%)
Online quizzes will examine a students knowledge of the subject at weeks 5, 9 and 13. The quizzes will be a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Practicals weeks 1-12 will cover aspects of energy resources and associated datasets. Three practicals will be taken for assessments. These practicals will assess the breadth of the student knowledge and practical skills of the subject so far.
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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