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GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit provides an introduction to petroleum geoscience, including key concepts of how, why and where energy resources accumulate, and what datasets and techniques are used to predict, locate and produce these resources. The unit includes an overview of various types of data used in petroleum exploration, relevant analytical techniques, and how geoscientific data are interpreted. Although the unit focuses on petroleum systems, the key concepts and methods for interpreting geoscientific data in an energy context are also used to gain fundamental understanding of basin-related processes for deciphering Earth history, as well as application to other basin-hosted resources including hydrogeological systems and ore mineral systems. Guest presentations by industry professionals and scientists are included, 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) demonstrate practical skills in the analysis of geoscience data of relevance to petroleum exploration and sedimentary basin development; (3) apply geological knowledge to solving practical problems and examining issues related to energy exploration and production; 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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Annette George
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
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
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