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SCP3051165, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
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 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 LAPO BOSCHI GEO/10

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 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 ZATTIN MASSIMILIANO (Presidente)
PRETO NEREO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZATTIN MASSIMILIANO (Presidente)
PRETO NEREO (Membro Effettivo)

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. Among them, a significant part of the course will concern seismic interpretation. Furthemore, 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: The exam is divided into two parts. Evaluation of the first one (chapters 1-7, see below) is provided by a written examination with open questions. Chapters 8-11 are evaluated through a practical test (i.e. interpretation of a seismic line). The student is asked to give a geological interpretation that includes the main deformation events and the type of sedimentary basin.
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the learning the contents of the course, also with reference to examples and key-histories. Interpretation of seismic line will be evaluated through a comparison with published
literature or according to the geological setting.
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.
8) Seismic reflection basics.
9) Geometric characterization of seismic reflectors and seismic facies; seismic surfaces; seismic sequences and units.
10) Seismic interpretation of rifting, passive margin and foreland settings.
11) Sequence stratigraphy applied to seismic interpretation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and work groups on case histories.
Geological interpetation of seismic lines is made through a practical approach. During the course, the student will work on seismic lines of increasing complexity, with the gradual addition of well and outcrop data, until a 3D interpretation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and reference book.
Exercises on seismic interpretation, their solutions and related bibliography are available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Allen P.A., Allen J.R., Basin Analysis: principles and applications. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group

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

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