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Postgraduate course

Sequence Stratigraphy and Source-to-Sink

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV361
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if English-speaking students attend the seminars, otherwise Norwegian
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

MSc, PhD

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Bergen, in addition to workshop at Equinor, Sandsli

Objectives and Content

The goal of the course is to introduce the students to basic principles in sequence stratigraphy and source-to-sink and show how the principles can be applied to better understand how sedimentary successions are structured in a temporal-spatial perspective and which controls play part in this structure.

Within the course basic concepts, principles and methods in source-to-sink and sequence stratigraphy is presented. Processes and controls on sediment production, transport and deposition are presented and the subdivision of sequences into genetic units and which processes controls the sequence development through time is explained. The principles are illustrated with examples and students will practice the methods in exercises including description and interpretation of cores from the Norwegian Shelf.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge The student shall

  • acquire basic knowledge about concepts and methods in source-to-sink and sequence stratigraphy
  • explain the formation of key discontinuity surfaces and break down sedimentary successions into sequences
  • know the processes behind, and the effects of tectonics, climate, sediment supply and sea-level changes on the routing of sediments from source to sink and the build-up of stratigraphic successions

Skills The student can

  • describe and analyze a sedimentary succession with focus on interpretation of internal and external controls, sedimentary environments and sequence stratigraphy
  • identify genetically related units and their intervening discontinuity surfaces
  • assess which controls are instrumental for sediment production, transport and deposition as well as the stacking and geometry of sedimentary sequences

General competence The student can

  • use the above knowledge and skills in practical work tasks related to reservoir characterization and basin fill evaluation for CO2 repositories, aquifers, and petroleum plays

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOV101, GEOV102, GEOV107 and bachelor in geology or equivalent

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

5ECTS for students also taking AG323/823 (UNIS)

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a master¿s programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences http://www.uib.no/matnat/52646/opptak-ved-mn-fakultetet

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given as lectures (2 hours per week), exercises (1-2 hours per week) and work in core laboratory (4 days).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory exercises, compulsory work in core laboratory. One compulsory exercise (seismic-exercise) and report from work in core laboratory will be evaluated and have to be passed to register for exam. These are valid for two subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (4 hours) 60% of total grade, compulsory exercise 20% of total grade, report from work in core laboratory 20% of total grade.

All exam parts must be passed with the grade E or better to get final assessment in the course.

Digital exam, please visit: http://www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students

Examination Support Material

All calculators, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the written examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program


The student coordinator can be contacted here:


Tlf 55 58 35 19

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    09.06.2022, 15:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam