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An introduction to the principles, methods and tools of basin analysis.
The aim of this course is to introduce basin analysis and the techniques used to reconstruct depositional, post-depositional, and burial history. The lecture programme will include: basin formation and tectonic setting, subsidence mechanisms, sedimentary responses to tectonic activity, diagenesis and hydrocarbon maturation, and modern examples of basin types drawn from around the world. An introduction to various techniques used in basin analysis will include provenance analysis, petroleum maturation and migration, seismic reflection and sequence stratigraphy.
Goal of the CourseTo present to students some of the tools to use for basin analysis and how to interpret tectonic and sea-level controls. Learning OutcomesThe course will focus on large-scale basin analysis of both ancient and modern basins. Students successfully completing this course will:Gain an understanding of tectonic settings and subsidence mechanisms for sedimentary basinsLearn the basic principles of seismic reflection theory and data acquisition, as well as an introduction to seismic stratigraphic interpretation and sequence stratigraphyLearn about the controls on and evidence of petroleum and coal maturationBecome familiar with a number of case studies in basin analysis and tectonics drawn from the development of New Zealand from 100 Ma to the present.Summary of the Course ContentThe topics coved by this course are:basin types by tectonic settings, structural stylebasin subsidence provenance analysisdiagenesis petroleum and coal systemsseismic reflection theory and practiceseismic and sequence stratigraphy in basin analysis
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
GEOL243 and an additional 15 points from GEOL242-246. RP: GEOL242 or GEOL244.
GEOL242 or GEOL244.
TimetableLectures: 2 lectures per week: Mondays 11am-12 noon, Room E14; Fridays 12noon-13pm, Room A9,Laboratories: 1 lab (2.5 hour) per week; Wednesday 14.00-16.30pm, ER 220.Dates - Lectures (2 x 1hr) - Lecturer - Laboratory (1 x 2.5 hr)UC week 29 - 15 July - Intro to basin analysis – tectonic settings - KNB - Intro to basin tectonicsUC week 30 - basins in extension and strike-slip settings - KNB - Provenance and basinsUC week 31 - basins in subduction and compressional settings - KNB - Provenance and upliftUC week 32 - Intro to seismic stratigraphy - JRP - Basic principles seismic stratigraphyUC week 33 - seismic reflection theory - JRP - Hawke’s Bay IUC week 34 - seismic reflection data acquisition and processing - JRP - Hawke’s Bay IIBREAK UC week 37 - 9 Sept seismic data & stratigraphy - JRP - Hawke’s Bay IIIUC week 38 - Sequence stratigraphy and sediment accommodation - JRP - Hawke’s Bay IVUC week 39 - Sequence stratigraphy and Depositional Systems Tracts - JRP - Hawke’s Bay IVUC week 40 - Subsidence, accommodation & burial - KNB - Subsidence, burial and diagenesisUC week 41 - Diagenesis - KNB - Petroleum maturationUC week 42 - Coal to petroleum systems - KNB - Coal maturation
AssessmentIn lab exercises and/or practical tests Jarg Pettinga 25%Kari Bassett 25%Examination and Formal Tests Final examination (2 hour) 50% date TBA during end of year exam period.
These are on reserve in the library and there will be readings from a variety of texts.• Allen, P.A., and J.R. Allen, 2005: Basin Analysis; Principles and Applications 3rd ed., Blackwell Scientific• Miall, A.D., 2000: Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis 3rd ed., Springer-Verlag
PrerequisitesThe prerequisite for GEOL331 is GEOL243, plus an additional 15 points from GEOL242-246. Recommended Preparation: Recommended courses in preparation prior to taking GEOL331 include GEOL242 and GEOL244.
Marks and GradesThe Department of Geological Sciences uses the following scale to convert marks into grades:100 – 90 A+ 74 – 70 B 54 – 50 C-89 – 85 A 69 – 65 B- 49 – 40 D84 – 80 A- 64 – 60 C+ Below 40 E79 – 75 B+ 59 – 55 C The Department of Geological Sciences reserves the right to adjust this mark/grade conversion, when deemed necessary.Late WorkIt is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted. Or, late work should be accompanied with a detailed explanation of why the work is late. The work will be marked and marks will be subtracted for each day the work is late. Days late include week-end and holidays. Academic LiaisonChristopher Oze (room 329, HUchristopher.email@example.comUH, is in charge of liaison with students in geology courses. Each year level will appoint a student representative(s) to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.Students with DisabilitiesStudents with disabilities should speak with someone at Disability Resource Service. Their office is room 317 in the Rutherford Building. Phone: 364 2350 (or ext. 6350), email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPolicy on Dishonest PracticePlagiarism, collusion, copying and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.• Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (text, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgement of the source.• Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the names author(s). • Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.• Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment. In cases where dishonest practice is involved in tests or other work submitted for credit, the student will be referred to the University Proctor. The instructor may choose to not mark the work. Reconsideration of GradesStudents should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their marks. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of the Geological Sciences Department. Students can appeal any decision made on their final grade. You can apply at the Registry to appeal the final grade within 4 weeks of the end of the semester. Be aware that there are time limits for each step of the appeals process. Aegrotat ApplicationsIf you feel that illness, injury, bereavement or other critical circumstances has prevented you from completing an item of assessment or affected your performance, you should complete an aegrotat application form, available from the Registry or the Student Health and Counselling Service. This should be within seven days of the due date for the required work or the date of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, medical consultation should normally have taken place shortly before or within 24 hours after the due date for the required work, or the date of the test or examination. For further details on aegrotat applications, please refer to the Enrolment Handbook. You have the right to appeal any decision made, including aegrotat decisions. Missing of TestsIn rare cases a student will not be able to sit a test. In such cases, the student should consult with the course co-ordinator or the Head of the Department of Geological Sciences to arrange alternative procedures. This must be done well in advance of the set date for the test. EXAMS 10-22 June TBA
The topics coved by this course are:• basin types by tectonic settings, structural style• basin subsidence • provenance analysis• diagenesis • petroleum and coal systems• seismic reflection theory and practice• seismic and sequence stratigraphy in basin analysis
Week # Dates Lectures (2 x 1 hr) Lecturer Laboratory (1 x 2.5 hr)9 20th Feb Intro to basin analysis – tectonic settings KNB Intro to basin tectonics10 27th Feb basins in extension and strike-slip settings KNB Modern NZ basins11 6th March basins in subduction and compressional settings KNB Burial & accommodation12 13th March Intro to seismic stratigraphy JRP Basic principles seismic stratigraphy13 20th March seismic reflection theory JRP Hawke’s Bay I14 27th March seismic reflection data acquisition and processing JRP Hawke’s Bay II15 3rd April seismic data & stratigraphy JRP Hawke’s Bay IIIBREAK BREAK BREAK19 1st May sequence stratigraphy JRP Hawke’s Bay IV20 8th May sequence stratigraphy and accommodation JRP Hawke’s Bay IV21 15th May subsidence, accommodation & burial KNB Diagenesis & burial22 22nd May diagenesis KNB Petroleum maturation23 29th May coal to petroleum systems KNB Coal maturation
Domestic fee $883.00
International fee $4,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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