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SCP3051098, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PETROLEUM GEOLOGY
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

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 12 13.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of some courses of the first semester (Sedimentology, Applied geophysics, Micropaleontology, Applied geochemistry)
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to introduce petroleum geoscience to students who will work in the petroleum industry. The course will delivery the fundamentals about petroleum generation, migration and accumulation and about the main problems presented by exploration and production.
Examination methods: Written examination with essay questions.
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the learning the contents of the course, also with reference to examples an key-histories.
Course unit contents: The course will delivery the key-concepts of petroleum geology and is integrated by seminars on specific topics (to be defined during the semester).
- The origin of petroluem; physico-chemical properties of hydrocarbons (0.5 CFU)
- The source rock, maturity of organic matter and petroleum migration (1 CFU)
- The seal rock (0.5 CFU)
- Reservoir geology, stratigraphic traps, structural traps (2 CFU)
- Main exploration and production techniques (1 CFU)
- Hydrocarbon reserves in Italy and in the World (1 CFU)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be taught through lectures in which theory is exemplified by case-histories. The last lectures will be given as seminars about specific topics.
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, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action