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Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

GEO110 examines different types of sediment and sedimentary rocks, their genesis and deposition that are fundamental to the understanding of reservoir rocks. The purpose is to familiarise the students with basic concepts and geological processes that lead to the production of sedimentary rocks, such as sediment transport, deposition and diagenesis. The course also gives an introduction to stratigraphic principles and methods.
The course includes short optional geological field trips. Participation fees may be charged to cover transport expenses.

Learning outcome

  • Understanding sedimentological processes.
  • Identification of sedimentary rocks and structures.
  • Understanding basic principles of stratigraphic methods.
  • Understanding of the relationship between orogenic processes (plate tectonics), climate and the production of sediment and reservoirs.
  • Background on sedimentology and stratigraphy that can be used as a basis for other fields in geology, engineering and economics, for instance related to petroleum and other reservoirs.
  • Have an understanding of the complexity of sedimentological processes related to basin-external parameters to explain the deposition of mineral resources and hydrocarbons.

  • Be able to identify, describe and interpret sedimentary rocks and structures therein.
  • Be able to select and use the most appropriate stratigraphic method to define sedimentary successions.
  • Be able to apply basic sedimentological concepts for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons.

General competence:
  • Communicate and explain sedimentological processes for the general public as well as in the hydrocarbon industry.
  • Be able to evaluate the potential of hydrocarbon deposits and other deposits of economical value.


The course addresses the topics:
  • Sedimentary processes
  • Depositional environments and sedimentary basins
  • Sediment properties
  • Rock classifications and structure classifications
  • Stratigraphic principles and methods
  • Interpretation of sedimentary and stratigraphic information

The course includes short optional geological field trips. Participation fees may be charged to cover transport expenses.

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
  • GEO100 Earth, energy and climate, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
  • BIP330 Geology, ÅMA100 Mathematical methods 1


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio Assessment1/1 A - F
Evaluation consists of:
Portfolio evaluation: 100%:
  • Test 50%
  • 12 tasks 50%

The tasks include 10-11 submission tasks and 1-2 oral presentations. 1-2 of the submission tasks are tied to short excursions on walking or biking distance from campus.
All parts of the portfolio evaluation must be graded E or better to pass the course. If you fail a part of the portfolio evaluation, you must retake the whole portfolio evaluation the following year.
The course responsible sets the final grade.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Siri Gloppen Gjersdal
Course coordinator
Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes lectures, laboratory practices, 1-2 oral presentations, 1-2 mandatory excursions on walking or biking distance from campus, and up to 5 optional excursions.
  • 8 hours teaching per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Sedimentology and stratigraphy for Petroleum Engineers (BIP360_1) 5

Open to

Open for students in Bachelor in Petroleum Geoscience Engineering and Bachelor in Petroleum Engineering.

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2020