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Unit Overview


The analysis of sedimentary basin fills is typically undertaken to interpret Earth history and/or for the exploration of basin-hosted resources such as petroleum reservoirs, groundwater aquifers and mineral deposits. This unit takes a basin-scale to regional approach to analysing basin fills through application of established sedimentological–stratigraphic and geophysical techniques. The unit includes an introduction to the petroleum system. Emphasis is placed on development of practical skills and on integration of geological and geophysical data and communication of interpretations.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geology; Geochemistry major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of geological and geophysical concepts and techniques relevant to the analysis of sedimentary basins; (2) apply techniques to solve problems related to interpreting basin development and evolution; (3) demonstrate ability to undertake team-based project work to solve problems related to basin history and exploration for basin-hosted resources; and (4) communicate interpretation of geoscientific data via graphical summaries and written reports.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes and practical exercises and (2) project work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Annette George
Unit rules
Successful completion of
two Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials
and Unit(s) EART2234 Earth Processes
Advisable prior study
EART2232 Field Geology
Contact hours
workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week and 1x 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.