GEOL40290 Basin Analysis

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is in two parts: (a) Basin Analysis and (b) Structural Geology & Tectonics. It uses a combination of lectures, individual and team exercises, a four-day field course in the Clare Basin, and a seminar session. The first part covers the development of sedimentary basins and their fill, and the techniques that are used to unravel the history of basin filling. The second part outlines methods for the analysis and modelling of basin extension, fault system frowth, fault-related fluid flow, salt tectonics and basin inversion.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this modules students should be able to:1. Identify sequences stratigraphic surfaces and characteristics in outcrop, core and seismics.2. Use wireline log data to infer lithology and the nature of fluids in uncored wells.3. Integrate different trypes of data to provide reasoned interpreations of depositional environments, basin filling history and lithology prediction.4. Establish the kinematics of fault zones within sedimentary sequences.5. Demonstrate an understanding of existing models of extensional basin evolution, related fault system growth, salt tectonics and basin inversion.6. Describe the impact of faults/fractures on flow within basins.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)




Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered in lectures, practical classes and a 3 day field class in Co Clare. Students work individually and in groups presenting orally and submitting laboratory manuals. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have a Stage 3 GPA of at least 2.48 in order to enroll in this module

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GEOL30040 - Sedimentary Environments

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: 3-hour written class test on entire module Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: This consists of components of continuous assessment, a practical test and a seminar presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual written feedback on work that has been graded for continuous assessment, supplemented by oral feedback to the whole class, and this will also act as feedback prior to the end of trimester practical exams. Discussion with individual students and the whole class during seminars and practical classes will include feedback given prior to assessment.

Name Role
Dr Lawrence Amy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Conrad Childs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Kara English Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Tom Manzocchi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor John Walsh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer