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SOEE5620M Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Prof Jeff Peakall

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


SOEE2062Sedimentary Processes

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3060Adv Sedimentology & App

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines how complex sedimentary successions arise in response to a range of both intrinsic operating processes and to a range of external controls such as sea-level change, climate change, and tectonic basin development. Additionally, this module examines how sedimentary successions in a variety of settings can form important economic resources including, for example, the site of hydrocarbon reserves.


To present an integrated account of aspects of advanced sedimentology from sediment source to sediment sink, and critically examine recent and ongoing research into the dynamics of sedimentary environments, their recognition in the ancient record and their economic application.

Learning outcomes
To be able to demonstrate an awareness of the principle intrinsic controls on sedimentation in a variety of sedimentary environment settings and to show how such environments respond to external controls such as changes in sea level, climate and tectonic setting.

Skills outcomes
Students registered on this module will acquire skills in sedimentary logging, sedimentary architectural analysis, relating complex 3D and 4D relationships in space and time, and distinguishing between intrinsic versus external controls on the sedimentary record.


This course will provide training in how to relate sedimentological evidence to regional and global stratigraphic cyclicity through the study of sequence stratigraphy. Additionally, it will demonstrate how sedimentological and stratigraphical principles can be applied to the exploration for and production of hydrocarbons. Development of geological skills relevant to the analysis of sedimentary sequences and their relative position within evolving sedimentary basins forms an integral part of this course.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to undertake approximately 3 hours of independent study and additional reading as an accompaniment to each lecture in the course.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress within the module will be monitored on the field course through discussions at the various localities. Further it will be assessed through marking of the fieldwork report and the two essays at various stages through the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words33.00
Essay2,500 words33.00
Practical ReportFieldwork Report (2,500 words)34.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:50


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