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Undergraduate Course: Texas Exchange Fieldtrip (EASC10063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEarth Science Other subject areaEnvironmental Courses
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course is taught in two parts: Laboratory and lecture based teaching shared with U03579 (Carbonates) or U01779 (Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality), and a week field course based entirely in the field. For the field component, students are based in El Paso and Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA where they will consider in detail the geology of the Sacremento Mountains and the Guadalupe Mountains (Delaware Basin). They will spend 6 full days in the field, taught by a combination of staff from the University of Edinburgh, University of Texas at Austin, and members of the hydrocarbon industry with long-standing expertise in the area.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (EASC09008) AND Hydrocarbons (EASC09003) AND Sedimentology (EASC09037)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Airfare and most accommodation costs to be covered by industrial sponsorship. Students will cover their subsistence costs.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCourse(s) equivalent to either any one or more of Hydrocarbons, Sedimentology. Other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
Additional information 3 hour(s) 30 minutes per week for 5 week(s).
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes are relevant to analysis of both outcrop and subsurface sedimentology, with an emphasis on hydrocarbon reservoir quality. Students will practise principal and specialised field skills and by the end of this course will be able to recognise key bounding surfaces, key carbonate faices and recognise early and late burial diagenetic features in the field. They will also become skilled in using high resolution sequence stratigraphy from outcrop and seismic sections and basin analysis methods. Students with a background in carbonates will be able to critically evaluate the role of carbonates in earth surface systems, as well as interactions with the atmosphere and biosphere. These students will critically consolidate their knowledge in the essay assessment and offer professional level insights. They will also be able to asses the virtues of conflicting models of carbonate production. Students with a background in hydrocarbon reservoir quality will develop an understanding of how sandstone and carbonate reservoir porosity and permeability in the subsurface is influenced by sedimentological effects of grainsize and sorting and then by effects of compaction, cementation and dissolution. These students will present a critical, detailed essay which will be supported by recent, relevant primary literature.
Assessment Information
The fieldwork component of this course will be assessed by field notebook quality.

In addition, those that take U03579 (Carbonates) will undergo continuous assessment - 50% Essay.

Alternatively, those that take U01779 (Hydrocarbon Reservoir Quality) will write a critically argued essay, on the subject specified at the end of the course. You should use the digital library resources and paper publications held in the Library at KB. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4, including references and diagrams
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Course organiserDr Rachel Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6014
Course secretaryMiss Emma Latto
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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