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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Moyra Wilson
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology
Contact hours
workshops: up to 4 hours per week
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