Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEO110)

GEO110 examines different depositional environments, and 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 one mandatory week-long field trip and several short optional geological field trips. Participation fees may be charged to cover transport expenses for the optional trips.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


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
  • Geological mapping

Learning outcome


  • Understanding sedimentological processes in different depositional environments.
  • Identification of sedimentary rocks and structures.
  • Understanding basic principles for 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 methods to define and correlate sedimentary successions.
  • Be able to apply basic sedimentological concepts for the exploration and use of reservoirs.

General competence:

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

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate
BIP330 Geology


Assignments and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assignment 1 2/5 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Assignment 2 2/5 1 Weeks Letter grades All
Oral presentation 1/5 30 Minutes Letter grades All

A detailed activity plan for the course will be handed out at semester start.The course has a continuous assessment. Assignment resits are only available during the normal running of the course. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Ingrid Carita Augustsson

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Programme coordinator:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes lectures, laboratory practices, 1 week-long field trip (in November after the lecture period), and up to 6 excursions on walking or biking distance from campus. The presentation is based on the students' own results from the week-long field trip.
  • 8 hours teaching per week plus excursions.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Sedimentology and Structural Geology (GEO120_1) 5

Open for

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

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto