TGB4160 - Petroleum Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Conditions controlling primary production and accumulation of organic matter. Source rock formation and analysis. Conversion of organic material to petroleum. Primary and secondary migration of petroleum. Porosity and permeability in reservoir rocks. The role of depositional environment as a controlling factor for reservoir quality. Classification and formation of petroleum traps. Basic understanding of pressure data and hydrocarbon-water contacts. Basin types and their petroleum potential. Regional petroleum geology of some selected petroleum provinces with examples from the Continental shelf. The exercises include construction of burial graphs, maturation calculations, source rock analysis, construction and interpretation of structure maps and migration analysis, and thin section microscopy of potential reservoir rocks.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student should have knowledge about:

  • Classification and composition of petroleum.
  • Accumulation and preservation of organic matter in sediments.
  • Source rocks, formation of petroleum.
  • How primary and secondary migration of petroleum take place.
  • Formation and classification of structural and stratigraphic traps, sealing.
  • Reservoir rocks, porosity and permeability and what control these properties.
  • Petroleum systems and hydrocarbon plays.

Skills: The student should be able to:

  • Construct burial graphs and perform maturity calculations.
  • Interpret simple geochemical logs.
  • Evaluate the porosity of reservoir rocks based on microscope analysis of thin sections.
  • Construct and interpret 1D and 3D petroleum system models.
  • Carry out petroleum system, play and prospect analysis.
  • Perform risk evaluation of petroleum accumulations at prospect and play level and calculating the prospect's volumetric size and value.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and obligatory exercises. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Course materials

Text book and other teaching materials.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0523 7.5

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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