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GL2512: INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY FOR PETROLEUM ENGINEERS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 13 Oct 2020 11:05


Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the formation mechanisms and controls on formation of the three major rock groups: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. The relationship between plate tectonics and the petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks, including types and styles of volcanic eruptions will be addressed. The formation and fill of sedimentary basins and their importance in the accumulation of hydrocarbons is an integral part of the course. Practical classes will centre around the nature of geological materials and how the atomic and molecular properties of minerals scale up to the physical properties of rocks.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Malcolm J. Hole
  • Research Fellow Brian Burnham

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

  1. Introduction to the Earth as a Planet; the constitution and physical conditions of the subsurface
  2. An introduction mineral species and to the petrogenesis of three major rock groups; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary
  3. The application of various techniques in the identification of the common rock-forming minerals and of rocks important in the petroleum industry
  4. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of common sedimentary rocks. This section will focus on their reservoir and seal properties.
  5. Deformation of rocks; the formation of faults and folds and their signifiicance in the petroleum industry.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 26 - 33

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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Resit Assessments

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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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