GEO4216 – Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

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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 taken 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 prespective on determining facies distribution.
  • Seismic expression of various strata and their sequence stratigraphic expression.


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The teaching consist of 2x2x45 minutes lectures and 1x3x45 minutes practicals every week. Writing of a semester report which has to be passed before 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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%.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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