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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5724M Structural Models and Subsurface Interpretation

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Charlotte Botter

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3450Structural Geology

Module replaces

SOEE5723M Applied Structural Models

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Undertaken a robust interpretation of seismic reflection data and understand its limitations
- discuss the main theoretical models that are applied to understanding 3-dimensional structural geology;
- compare and contrast the understanding of fold development from a geometric and geomechanical standpoint;
- apply appropriate theoretical structural models to evaluate the spatial and temporal evolution of folds and fault arrays;
- integrate theoretical models with a suite of data sets (including reflection seismic, well data and outcrop data) to analyse a variety of structural styles;
- develop and apply strategies, including restorations techniques and uncertainty considerations, to validate structural interpretations.


- Course introduction;
- Introduction to interpretation of seismic reflection data.
- Theoretical models of the geometric and geomechanical analysis of folds;
- Theoretical structural models that explain the relationship between folds and faults (including spatial and temporal variations in 3D fault evolution; fault populations;
- Inversion tectonics; salt tectonics);
- Expression of folds and faults in reflection seismic data;
- Aplication of theoretical models to seismic reflection data in: compressional;
- Extensional; inversion;
- Salt and strike-slip settings;
- Integration of field observations with structural models.
- Understand the application of sequence stratigraphy into a basin context

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours65.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Pre- and post-class reading and evaluation of prescribed current literature; it is expected that in-class practical material will be completed in private study time and compared with worked examples where given.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback in practical classes and coursework.
- In class and private study comparison of coursework with worked examples; comparison of assessed practicals with worked examples; assessed coursework.
- Fieldnote books will be reviewed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report on field trip30.00
Practical2 x interpretation practicals30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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: 24/10/2022


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