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General information:
Name:
Sequence Stratigraphy
Course of study:
2019/2020
Code:
ZSDA-3-0227-s
Faculty of:
Szkoła Doktorska AGH
Study level:
Third-cycle studies
Specialty:
-
Field of study:
Szkoła Doktorska AGH
Semester:
0
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. dr hab. Porębski Szczepan (spor@agh.edu.pl)
Dyscypliny:
nauki o Ziemi i środowisku
Module summary

Sequence stratigraphy is a multidisciplinary methodology serving for the subdivision of a sedimentary
succession into stratal packages (sequences) bounded by unconformities. The module highlights sequence typology, the role of relative sea-level and sediment supply in sequence generation and the significance of such generic approach for succesful predictions of hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence: is able to
M_K001 Student is able to interpret stratigraphic correlations and carry out their quality check. SDA3A_K01 Execution of exercises
M_K002 Student is able to co-operate within a group of specialists representing different disciplines of Earth Sciences. SDA3A_K01 Execution of laboratory classes
Skills: he can
M_U001 Student is capable for integrating sedimentological, core and well log data in order to perform chronostratigraphic correlation and to carry out stratigraphic breakdown of a sedimentary succession into depositional sequences. SDA3A_U01 Execution of exercises
M_U002 Student is capable for predicting the distribution of reservoir and seal rocks on the basis of own stratigraphic correlations and stratigraphic subdivisions. SDA3A_U01 Execution of exercises
Knowledge: he knows and understands
M_W001 Student knows the range of crucial factors and processes controlling stratigraphic architecture in sedimentary basins. SDA3A_W03, SDA3A_W01 Execution of exercises
M_W002 Student knows the methodology of sequence stratigraphy, its position among other stratigraphic classifications, and recognizes its significance for making powerful facies predictions in frontier areas. SDA3A_W03, SDA3A_W02, SDA3A_W01 Execution of exercises
Number of hours for each form of classes:
Sum (hours)
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Prace kontr. przejść.
Lektorat
30 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Prace kontr. przejść.
Lektorat
Social competence
M_K001 Student is able to interpret stratigraphic correlations and carry out their quality check. - + - - - - - - - - -
M_K002 Student is able to co-operate within a group of specialists representing different disciplines of Earth Sciences. - - - - - - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 Student is capable for integrating sedimentological, core and well log data in order to perform chronostratigraphic correlation and to carry out stratigraphic breakdown of a sedimentary succession into depositional sequences. - + - - - - - - - - -
M_U002 Student is capable for predicting the distribution of reservoir and seal rocks on the basis of own stratigraphic correlations and stratigraphic subdivisions. + + - - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Student knows the range of crucial factors and processes controlling stratigraphic architecture in sedimentary basins. + + - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 Student knows the methodology of sequence stratigraphy, its position among other stratigraphic classifications, and recognizes its significance for making powerful facies predictions in frontier areas. + + - - - - - - - - -
Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 80 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Udział w zajęciach dydaktycznych/praktyka 30 h
Preparation for classes 5 h
przygotowanie projektu, prezentacji, pracy pisemnej, sprawozdania 38 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 5 h
Contact hours 2 h
Module content
Lectures (15h):

Sources of sequence stratigraphy and its relationship to other, major stratigraphic
nomenclature systems. Basic definitions, base level, accommodation space, relative
sea level (3 h).
Walther Law of facies succession, transgression, normal and forced regression.
Stratigraphic architecture as the product of accommodation fluctuations and sedimentary flux (3 h) .
Aspects of correlation – depositional strike and dip, diachronism, seismic clinoforms.
Types of unconformities, their geological and seismic expressions, seismostratigraphic
nomenclature (3 h).
Parasequence, parasequence set, key stratigraphic surfaces, depositional systems
tracts. Well log and seismic signatures of key correlation surfaces and systems tracts
(3 h).
Sequence typology, depositional, genetic and TR sequences. Hierarchy of relative
sea-level cycles, time scale of depositional sequences (3 h).

Auditorium classes (15h):

Lithostratigraphic versus chronostratigraphic correlation of a well log section
calibrated with lithofacies (3 h).
Lateral persistence of reservoir units based on litho- and chronostratigraphic
correlations of a well section callibrated with lithofacies (3 h).
Construction of Wheeler’s chronostratigraphic chart (3 h).
Identification of unconformities and key correlation surfaces on a seismic section (3
h).
Well log correlation, picking-up of key surfaces and the definition of systems tracts
and depositional sequences, facies and reservoir predictions (3 h).

Additional information
Teaching methods and techniques:
  • Lectures: Audiovisual presentations accompanied by a classical blackboard approach.
  • Auditorium classes: Instructor guides the student solving a given stratigraphic problem. Following the completion of each exercise proper solutions and potential analytical pitfalls are discussed with the group.
Warunki i sposób zaliczenia poszczególnych form zajęć, w tym zasady zaliczeń poprawkowych, a także warunki dopuszczenia do egzaminu:

Course is credited following the successful completion of all stratigraphic exercises.
Three absences in the auditorium class result in a course failure.

Participation rules in classes:
  • Lectures:
    – Attendance is mandatory: Yes
    – Participation rules in classes: Analitical fundaments will be highlighted during lectures. Students are expected to interrupt the flow of a lecture whenever they feel that additional explanation are desirable.
  • Auditorium classes:
    – Attendance is mandatory: Yes
    – Participation rules in classes: Students are expected to provide graphic solutions to a series of stratigraphic exercises provided by the instructor.Each student should be equipped with drafting tools and crayons.
Method of calculating the final grade:

Each correlation exercise is evaluated separately. The final evaluation grade is an average of all marks obtained in the auditorium classes. The final grade can be elevated based on overall student’s performance during the course.

Sposób i tryb wyrównywania zaległości powstałych wskutek nieobecności studenta na zajęciach:

Missing stratigraphic exercises caused by absence in the class must be completed during homework.

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Students are expected to know the basics of clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin analysis.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

Catuneanu, O., 2006, Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy. Elsevier, 386 pp.
Porębski, S., 1996. Podstawy stratygrafii sekwencji w sukcesjach klastycznych. Przegląd Geologiczny 44,
995-1006.
Posamentier, H.W., Allen, G.P., 1999, Siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy: concepts and applications: SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, v. 9, 210 pp.
Catuneanu, O., 2019. Scale in sequence stratigraphy. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 106, 128-159.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Porębski, S., 1996. Podstawy stratygrafii sekwencji w sukcesjach klastycznych. Przegląd Geologiczny 44,
995-1006.
Porębski, S.J., Pietsch, K., Hodiak, R., Steel, R.J., 2003. Origin and sequential development of Badenian-
Sarmatian clinoforms in the Carpathian foreland basin (SE Poland). Geologia Carpathica 54, 119-136.
Porębski, S.J., Steel, R.J., 2003. Shelf-margin deltas: their stratigraphic significance and relation to
deepwater sands. Earth-Sciences Reviews 62, 283-326.
Porębski, S.J., Steel, R.J., 2006. Deltas and sea-level change. Journal of Sedimentary Research 76, 390-403.

Additional information:

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