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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a UWA-led field excursion to a major sedimentary basin in Western Australia, Australia or overseas during which students gain experience in field-based data collection, analysis and interpretation of sedimentological, stratigraphic, structural and other relevant data. Depending on fieldtrip location, there may be opportunity to incorporate drill core-based work to supplement or complement fieldwork. Activities undertaken in the unit include characterising depositional environments (ancient or modern) and using sequence-stratigraphic concepts to establish key aspects of basin-margin evolution including the role of tectonics and climatie in relative sea-level changes. Students will interpret their own field data and summarise interpretations in appropriate graphical forms and reports. In addition, students have the opportunity to evaluate the potential for basin-hosted resources as appropriate to the field area.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of basin filling processes and key concepts in stratigraphic analysis; (2) produce stratigraphic diagrams that summarise and integrate geoscientific data leading to a coherent interpretation, history or model; (3) use sedimentological-stratigraphic knowledge and/or observations to evaluate resource potential as appropriate to the field location; and (4) demonstrate skills in scientific communication.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical and field-based exercises and (2) individual field report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Annette George
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or 73540 Master of Energy Geoscience
or 70630 Master of Science
Advisable prior study
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems and Subsurface Characterisation
or GEOS4418 Basin Analysis Techniques
or GEOS5503 Advanced Energy Geoscience for a Low Carbon Future
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - $150/night).
Contact hours
workshops: 2-4 hours for up to 2 weeks
field trip: 5-10 days depending on location
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