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 formation 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 week-long field trip and several short optional geological field trips. Participation fees may be charged to cover transport expenses for the short optional trips.

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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 techniques

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.
  • 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


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio Assessment 1/1 1 Semesters Letter grades All

The assessment in this course is based on a portfolio that makes up for 100% of the total grade. The portfolio contains 10-14 written assignments. One of the assignments is based on a one-week field excursion. Students who are not able to attend the excursion will get an alternative assignment with an equivalent level of difficulty as the assignment based on the excursion. Final grade of the course is not given until the portfolio is submitted and all assignments have been assessed. It is not a re-sit option in this course. Students who fail or want to improve their grade must re-take the course as a whole the next time it is offered.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Ingrid Carita Augustsson

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The course includes totally 8 hours of teaching per week + excursion:

  • lectures and laboratory practices (6-8 hours per week)
  • excursions mainly on walking or biking distance from campus (up to 2 hours per week)
  • week-long field trip (in November after the lecture period)

Overlapping courses

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

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto