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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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Hossein Hamidi

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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to sedimentology
  • Weathering erosion and transportation
  • The rock cycles
  • Rocks and plate tectonics
  • Folds and faults
  • Porosity and permeability
  • Petroleum geology

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

Alternative Assessment Arrangements

Report (40%)

Open Book Exam (60%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandHow the Earth is structured and how the Earth has evolved in terms of its climate and the living organisms that inhabit its oceans and continents The concept of porosity and permeability
ProceduralEvaluateDetermine porosity and permeability. Calculate the specific gravity of a rock or mineral using a beam balance.
ProceduralApplyTo recognize sedimentary rocks and how to distinguish from other types of rock
ReflectionCreateHow to make a simple description of a specimen. Demonstrate problem solving skills and teamwork.

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