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SCP3051165, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BASIN ANALYSIS
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMILIANO ZATTIN GEO/02
Other lecturers NEREO PRETO GEO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/02 Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of some courses of the first semester (Applied geophysics, Micropaleontology, Applied geochemistry)
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge about the origin of sedimentary basins and the main methods to reconstruct the stratigraphy and depositional dynamics. Some aspects related to hydrocarbon exploration will be detailed. In particular, the course will focus on the acquisition and modeling of quantitative methods for the study of thermal and burial history.
Examination methods: Written examination
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the learning the contents of the course, also with reference to examples and key-histories.
Course unit contents: 1) The foundations of sedimentary basins; classification and plate tectonics.
2) Basins due to lithospheric stretching: rifts and passive margins.
3) Basins due to lithospheric flexure: foredeep, foreland, buckling.
4) Dynamic topography.
5) Strike-slip and pull-apart basins.
6) Subsidence and thermal history.
7) Appication to petroleum industry.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and work groups on case histories
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and reference book
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Allen P.A., Allen J.R., Basin Analysis: principles and applications. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific, --. Cerca nel catalogo