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EA3650 - Sedimentary Environments and Energy Resources

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This subject presents a comprehensive overview of sedimentary environments and their significance for the formation of energy resources. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the context between sedimentary environments, stratigraphy and diagenesis for the formation and emplacement of coal, gas and liquid hydrocarbons. The subject includes a discourse through geological time to study past environments based on outcrops, core logs and seismic analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • a knowledge of the depositional environments for energy resources including liquid hydrocarbons, coal and conventional and coal-bed methane;
  • an understanding of the processes required for the formation of energy resources;
  • knowledge of the tools used to evaluate and describe stratigraphic and coal and oil-baring sequences;
  • a critical appreciation of the importance of the formation of energy resources;
  • an understanding of global environmental change and its significance for our modern energy resources.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
EA3620 EA5620 EA5650


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Professor Eric Roberts.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 15 hours practicals
  • 24 hours - Fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); field reports (30%); practical exercises (20%).

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