GEO4216 – Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course deals with advanced sedimentology in a temporal and spatial perspective. Development of sedimentary basins, and their sedimentary infill, with emphasis on depositional processes/environments and resultant stratigraphic architecture.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will know:

  • Main processes and products in a range of depositional environments.
  • General principles of sequence stratigraphy and their applications in depositional environments and basin types.
  • Spatial and temporal development in sedimentary basins, with a predictive perspective on determining facies distribution.
  • Seismic expression of various strata and their sequence stratigraphic expression.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The teaching consists of 2*2 hours of lectures, and 1*3 hours of practicals every week. Writing of a semester report which has to be passed before the final written exam. This report is evaluated and counts toward the final grade.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration ( 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.


  • A written semester report must be passed before the student can sit for the final exam. The written semester report is evaluated and counts towards the final grade.
  • The written semester report counts for 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 70%.
  • Both the written semester report and the final written examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course. 

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

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper 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) Oct. 28, 2020 9:12:34 PM

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