GEOS4403 Introduction to Basin Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit provides an introduction to sedimentary basins and the geological and geophysical methods and datasets used to interpret basin history in terms of key depositional and post-depositional processes (e.g. burial and deformation). Unit topics include the key concepts in sedimentology, stratigraphy and biostratigraphy, an introduction to paleo-environmental analysis and sequence stratigraphy, seismic acquisition and processing and interpretation of seismic and well log data. The unit emphasises the integration of geoscientific datasets as undertaken in basin research and as applied to understanding the formation of basin-hosted resources such as groundwater, petroleum and mineral deposits.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of important concepts and geological processes that control the formation of sedimentary basins and 3D stratigraphic patterns in basin fills; (2) demonstrate practical skills in the interpretation of simple geoscientific data; and (3) demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of geoscientific data (e.g. geological and geophysical) relevant to interpreting sedimentary basin history and resource exploration.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) presentation; and (3) practical assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Moyra Wilson
Contact hours
workshops: up to 4 hours per week
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