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EA5650 - 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 appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities.
EA3620 EA3650 EA5620


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
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (20%); field report (20%); practical exercises (20%).

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