Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Geosciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fabio Capitanio


Sediments: will deal with sediments from a global to microscopic scale, examining the main types of clastic and chemical sediments, their provenance and influences on their mode and environment of deposition. Basins: will examine the variety of sedimentary basins, how they develop and fill, and include aspects of seismic interpretation, well logging and subsidence histories. Resources: will study the generation and accumulation of hydrocarbons and the formation of coal deposits.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the different types of sedimentary basins and how they are filled;

  1. Describe the main types of clastic and chemical sediments, how they are derived and the influences on their accumulation;

  1. Use sedimentary features to determine depositional environments and stratigraphic sequences;

  1. Undertake seismic interpretation and well logging and to recognise different stratigraphic and structural features;

  1. Discuss the principles of hydrocarbon generation, migration and accumulation;

  1. Explore for paleoenvironments in which peat accumulated, leading to the formation of coal deposits;

  1. Prepare reports based on field observation, laboratory exercises and personal research.


Practical work: 30%
Field work: 20%
Test (3 hours - theory and practical): 50%

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45% unless their aggregate mark is lower, in which case that mark will be recorded.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 3-hour practical class each week, and one day field excursion


ESC2111 and ESC2122, or by permission from the Head of School


ESC3211, ESC3241