Applied Basin Analysis EARTH4085

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Theoretical and practical aspects of basin evolution with implications to resource industries (e.g. Petroleum, Geothermal and Carbon Capture and Storage [CCS]).


Four classes per week for 2 weeks (2 hr lecture and 1 hr lab per class). 7-day UK-based residential field class.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Level 3 Geology courses at a mean of D3.

Excluded Courses

EARTH4001 - Advanced Sequence Stratigraphy

EARTH4022 - Petroleum Geology


Written exam (50%); Report based upon field class (50%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

■ To provide an overview of the generation, migration and trapping of economic fluids within basins, the techniques used in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons and geothermal energy, and the methods used in CCS.

■ To develop the field skills appropriate for determining the evolution of a hydrocarbon-prone rift basin and implications for other resource industries.

■ To provide an understanding of the concept of sequence stratigraphy, using outcrop and seismic examples

■ To explain the application of sequence stratigraphy to geological industries.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe the processes leading to the formation, migration and accumulation of different types of geological resource (e.g. hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, water);

■ Explain the main methods of exploration, well log analysis and production techniques, including petrophysical data interpretation, and CCS technologies;

■ Construct sedimentary logs in the field and from core and interpret them in terms of palaeo-environments using the lithologies, sedimentary structures and trace and body fossils recorded in them;

■ Critically analyse a wide range of sedimentological, palaeontological, stratigraphical and structural information in order to interpret the history of a petroleum-prone rift basin;

■ Explain the principles and applications of sequence stratigraphy, appraise seismic data-sets and use these data to evaluate resource prospectivity;

■ Critically evaluate the petroleum play concept.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.