The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.