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Course Overview

Students will take a number of approaches to synthesizing information, especially directed to petroleum geology. Six case studies in petroleum exploration topics will be presented, based on the special expertise of staff. Students will write up a synthesis of one study, using sources provided by staff. In groups, students will address topics to be researched, co-ordinated and written up in 7 hours, simulating rapid response to management in an oil company office. There will also be 2 one-day field excursions, each followed by data synthesis and submission of a report.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Parnell

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of BSc Geology (Studied) or Master of Geology (Studied) or BSc Geology-Petroleum Geology (Studied) or BSc Archaeology-Geoscience (Studied) or BSc Geology - Physics (Studied) or BSc Geography-Geoscience (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL4025 Geological Synthesis (Studied)
  • GL4029 Geological Synthesis (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The module consists of four components:

(I) A series of 6 case studies

(ii) Two one-day field trips

(iii) A one-day group project

(iv) A one-day presentation followed by submission of work

Associated Costs

There will be costs associated with the fieldwork.

Further Information & Notes

Fieldwork is a compulsory part of this course.  Fieldwork may involve crossing rough terrain, including steep gradients, rocky areas and along cliffs, and may take place during inclement weather.  Any student with concerns about this, who feels adjustments or additional support may be required, should contact the University's Disability Adviser or the Department Disability Co-ordinator as early as possible.  The Department is committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the degree programme.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In course assessment (100%) - Case study detailed report (40%), one-day field courses have associated exercises (20%), two one-day project/presentations have associated exercises (40%) .

Formative Assessment

Field-based teaching is largely problem-based, and much of the formative assessment is done in the field.

Each of the one-day field courses will have an exercise associated with it.


For the one-day field courses, each report will be marked and returned to the students prior to the next field day.

Course Learning Outcomes


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