TGB4160 - Petroleum Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 20/100
Written examination 80/100 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. The final four weeks of the course involves a prospect evaluation project mapping and describing the petroleum potential of a selected basin. Volume estimates and probability of discovery of the prospects are calculated using industrial standard programs. The projects is performed as a group work, and it makes up 20% of the final grade.

Learning outcome

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.

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 petroleums system models.
- Carry out petroleum system, play and prospect analysis.
– 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. Project work in groups. Teaching is held in English if international students attend the course. The examination papers will be given in English only.

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. Students who have passed the course and would like to try to improve their grade will only re-take the final exam, not the group project.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Text book and other teaching materials

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0523 7.5
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 7

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: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 D
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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