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EA5650 - Sedimentary Environments and Energy Resources

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Field report - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (40%) - Individual.
EA3620 EA3650 EA5620


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coordinator: Professor Eric Roberts
Lecturers: Professor Eric Roberts, Mr Elliot Foley.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 39 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.