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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

You will learn how sediments are formed, transported, stored and altered. The course covers the most important factors that affect sedimentary processes, with emphasis on characteristic properties of different types of sediment and sedimentary rock. Depositional environments of sediments on land and in water are examined: in lakes, rivers and marine areas. Exercises related to the lectures, collected field data, logs and photographic material provide practical experience in describing and interpreting sediments, sedimentary rocks and stratigraphic sequences.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course you will know:

  • how sediments and sedimentary rocks are formed, through transport, deposition, and the alteration they undergo with burial
  • what characterises the main types of sediments and sedimentary rocks, and be familiar with sedimentary structures and textures
  • how to identify the most important sedimentary environments on land, at the coast and in the sea
  • stratigraphic principles such as lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy
  • basic insight into diagenesis and petroleum geology
  • how to describe and interpret sediment and a sedimentary sequence (logging)
  • how to correlate logs and reconstruct sedimentary depositional environments
  • how to distinguish between different sedimentary facies, including ichnofacies (trace fossils)

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies(in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course includes a compulsory field course. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on the field course.

Overlapping courses


There are 6 hours of lectures/exercises per week. 4-6 exercises must be approved before sitting the final examination.

There is a compulsory 3-5 day field course. A field report has to be approved before the final examination.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Cost of taking the course

Participation in the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day.


  • 4-6 exercises and a field report have to be approved in order to be allowed to sit the final written examination.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts 100%.

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian.

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 28, 2020 9:12:22 PM

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