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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the petroleum system concept and how, why and where energy resources accumulate and what datasets and techniques are used to understand their origin and distribution in sedimentary basins. The unit focuses on various methods and data used in geological characterisation of the subsurface to decipher Earth history as recorded in sedimentary basins as well as applied to basin-hosted resources associated with the supply or storage of energy. Emphasis is placed on practical skill development and these skills are also usefully applied to hydrogeological systems and ore mineral systems. Presentations by industry professionals also highlight the relevancy of geoscience knowledge and skills in the global energy transition.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Earth Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) explain key geological concepts and processes related to subsurface systems; (2) demonstrate practical skills in the analysis of geoscience data of relevance to sedimentary basin development, energy exploration and subsurface storage; (3) apply geological knowledge to solving practical problems and examining issues related to sedimentary basin evolution and energy resources; and (4) evaluate geoscientific data and communicate key concepts, results and interpretations via written work and oral presentation..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical assignments; (2) case study oral presentation; and (3) online quizzes. 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
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
or HON-GEOGY Geology
Advisable prior study
EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics or equivalent.
and EART3344 Basin Analysis or equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week for 6 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.