GEOS4419 Biostratigraphy

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Geology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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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