GEOS5503 Advanced Petroleum Geoscience

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Successful exploration and production of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources requires understanding of the geological and geophysical attributes of the various elements of a petroleum system. This unit follows GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems and aims to develop more specialised skills relevant to basin exploration and reservoir characterisation through the integration of advanced geological and geophysical methods. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills and the ability to work in team.

The unit is valuable to students actively seeking employment in the energy sector after graduation, as well as for students wanting to do a PhD degree in Geoscience.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key geoscientific concepts related to exploration and production of petroleum resources; (2) develop practical skills in applied data analysis and interpretation related to petroleum systems; and (3) integrate geological and geophysical data sets to solve problems related to exploration and/or production.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exploration project (group work and report); (2) laboratory exercises (individual work and report); and (3) individual examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Simon Lang
Unit rules
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Advisable prior study:
GEOS4418 Basin Analysis Techniques or equivalent
GEOS4416 Petroleum Resources
Contact hours
workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for 6 weeks
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