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GEO9700 – Biostratigraphy in integrated basin studies

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course comprises two days of lecturing, two days of project work (and, depending on financing, a one-day visit to the Biostratigraphy Group in Statoil (Stavanger, Norway)). The lectures focus on biostratigraphy, seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, facies analysis, methods and limitations. The lectures prepare the participants for a two-day project task where they integrate real biostratigraphic data with seismics and wireline-logs to correlate between wells and to establish an interpretation of a prospect area. The course ends in Stavanger where Statoil’s Biostratigraphy Group provide a review of Statoil’s interpretation and give an insight into their work as biostratigraphers in the petroleum industry (dependent on financing).

Learning outcome

To give an insight into the biostratigraphic working methods in an oil-company and to illustrate the importance of interpretations based on integrated studies.


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PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

B.Sc. in geology

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is intended for advanced students and PhD students in their early studies within any branch of geology, with special interest in petroleum sciences.


Lectures and project work.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


Written project report, graded Pass/No pass.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2007


The semesters in which the course is tought.

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