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This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

GEO270 is an applied petrology course. You will learn to identify different minerals, and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks in the microscope, and also will get exercise doing this macroscopically. You also will learn to draw conclusions from your observations. The main part of the course focuses on sedimentary rocks.

Learning outcome

  • Background on petrology
  • The significance of different rock types to understand the subsurface
  • The significance of global geological processes and applications, crystallization and diagenetic processes
  • How to use polarizing microscopes
  • How to identify the main minerals in different rock types
  • How to use petrology for reservoir-related questions

  • Be able to identify rocks macroscopically and microscopically
  • Be able to produce geology-relevant results and interpretations from petrological investigations
  • Be able to apply petrological concepts for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons or other reservoirs

General competence:
  • Use petrological results together with other geoscientific information for large-scale geological interpretations
  • Be able to communicate and explain geological elements and processes that are relevant in order to understand the structure of the Earth, petroleum systems, economic accumulations of hydrocarbons, and other related activities within engineering and science.


The following concepts will be in focus:
- Igneous petrology
- Sediment petrology incl. siliciclastic rocks, carbonate rocks and diagenesis
- Metamorphic petrology
An introduction to other petrographical methods than polarisation microscopy also will be given in the course.

Required prerequisite knowledge

GEO100 Earth, energy and climate

Recommended previous knowledge

GEO110 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, GEO210 Structural Geology


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Mappeevaluering1/1 A - F
The portfolio assessment consists of:
  • 12 submission assignments during the semester, counting for 50%
  • Individual home assignment at the end of the semester, counting for 50%

One or several of the assignments may include an oral presentation. This will be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Both parts of the folder must be passed. The lecturers decide on the final grade. Students who fail in the course (for instance by failing in one of the two parts of the portfolio) or want to improve their grade have to take the complete course again.
A detailed activity plan for the course will be made known at semester start. The deadline for the home exam will be decided together with the students in the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Course teacher
Ingrid Carita Augustsson , Udo Zimmermann

Method of work

Participation in all teaching-based course work is highly recommended due to laboratory exercises.
6 hours combined theory and laboratory exercises per week.

Open to

Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme

Course assessment

Standard UiS protocol.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020