Basin Analysis


This one-semester course deals with the development and frontier exploration of sedimentary basins, integrating several techniques including sequence stratigraphy, core seismic and wireline logging techniques.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Interpret a seismic record

2. Interpret nuclear, electrical, velocity and density well logs

3. Apply the seismic stratigraphic technique to seismic reflection profiles

4. Use the techniques of sequence stratigraphy

5. Classify sedimentary basins

6. Define the basin formation mechanisms

7. Interpret the structural style in sedimentary basins

8. Explore for some hydrocarbons


GEOS3150 provides a practical, hands-on approach to basin analysis. An overview of basin analysis is presented through basin classification and in-depth study of the local Sydney Basin and adjacent Myall Trough including one field trip. Methods appropriate for basin analysis are provided in the form of outcrop analysis,core-logging skills, wireline log analysis and seismic interpretation, often using multiple methods on the same stratigraphic interval. These methods are integrated to develop a comprehensive approach to basin stratigraphy, with applications to hydrocarbon exploration.

Assumed Knowledge

GEOS2200 (Students who have not successfully completed GEOS2200 will have difficulty passing GEOS3150)

Assessment Items

Quiz: Ten in class Quizzes

Report: Field Study Report

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Three laboratory exercises

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.

Contact Hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 32 hour(s) per Term

Four day fieldtrip


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term