GEOS4419 Biostratigraphy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Biostratigraphy is a fundamental tool for dating sedimentary rock units and establishing their age equivalence in stratigraphic successions. It is widely used in basin research and petroleum geoscience. This unit focuses on the main concepts related to biostratigraphy and introduces key fossil groups. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills related to biostratigraphy and integration of biostratigraphic data with geological and geophysical data in basin studies.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key concepts related to biostratigraphic analyses; (2) demonstrate ability in identifying key groups of fossils on the basis of their morphological characteristics; and (3) apply these techniques to solve problems related to petroleum exploration.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises; (2) theory and concepts (written assessments, reports and quizzes); and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Daniel Peyrot
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
Contact hours
workshops: 1 x 3–4 hours per week
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