GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit provides an introduction to petroleum geology, covering the basic concepts of how, why and where petroleum accumulates, and what techniques and resources are employed to locate, drill for and produce petroleum resources. The unit includes an overview of various types of data used in petroleum exploration, and how these data are interpreted. There is a focus on seismic interpretation methods in different tectonic settings, seismic stratigraphy and reservoir characterisation. Guest lectures by industry scientists are used where possible, and may cover a range of topics depending on availability.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key geological concepts and processes related to petroleum systems; (2) develop practical skills in analysis of geoscience data of relevance to petroleum exploration; and (3) apply geological knowledge to solving practical problems and examining issues related to exploration and production.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical assessments; (2) a theory/practical test; and (3) theory web quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics
EART3344 Basin Analysis
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week for 6 weeks
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1H_2019]
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