• Class Number 4579
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Bradley Opdyke
    • Dr Bradley Opdyke
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

Sedimentary basins are the source of all our fossil fuel resources, paleoclimate records and make our planet distinctive. This course will cover sedimentary basin development and the methods used to correlate sedimentary sections around the world. The architecture of large sedimentary basins (greater than 500 km across) will be investigated, with an emphasis on how and why they form. Correlation of rock units in time and space rely on global stratigraphic methods, with emphasis placed on 'event' stratigraphy such as Oceanic Anoxic Events and warm intervals from the sedimentary record like the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) and other times of 'Extreme' climate that occurred during the past 100 million years. The skills learned in this course provide the building blocks of climate reconstructions.

This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Assess large scale sedimentary basin architecture using seismic stratigraphy, well logs, coring and in some cases outcrops.
  2. Describe depositional history of selected basins using case studies from the literature. Demonstrate an understanding of how magnetostratigraphy works.
  3. Evaluate how constructing stratigraphies using stable isotopes of oxygen and carbon is accomplished.
  4. Develop a working knowledge of how paleotemperature and atmospheric CO2 are reconstructed.
  5. Analyse and understand how extreme climate events such as the PETM and OAEs are reconstructed.
  6. Critically analyse how the stratigraphic record can inform us about future climate change and sea level rise, examples from Pliocene stratigraphic study.

Field Trips

Field Trip starting the evening of March 20th and finishing the 22nd of March late in the afternoon.

Sam Boggs, Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Chapter 14, 15, 16, 17. 18.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lithostratigraphy Lectures Coring ocean Sediments Prac
2 Lithostratigraphy Lectures Magnetostratigraphy Prac.
3 Magnetostratigraphy Magnetostratigraphy Prac.
4 Seismic Stratigraphy, No Prac this week. Field Trip the end of this week Starting the evening of March 20th and finishing the 22nd of March late in the afternoon.
5 Seismic Stratigraphy Seismic Stratigraphy Prac.
6 Biostratigraphy Midterm? Biostratigraphy Prac.
7 Chemostratigraphy Core logging Prac.
8 Chemostratigraphy PETM Prac
9 Cycle Stratigraphy Climate Cycles Practical
10 Australian Basins Glaciation of Antartica, The Oi1 Event
11 Australian Basins More Oi1
12 Australian Basins

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Practical assessments 4% each, Ten weeks 40 % 24/02/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Midterm Exam 10% 10 % 03/04/2020 21/04/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Theory exam 30% 30 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Field trip report 20% 20 % 21/04/2020 05/05/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 24/02/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Practical assessments 4% each, Ten weeks

There will be practicals to complete weeks 1 through 3 and 5 through 11. The practicals will be due the following week and returned the week after submission.

There are 10 assessments associated with this task.Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 03/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 21/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Midterm Exam 10%

Midterm 3 April, one hour. The Midterm will be returned the 21st of April

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Theory exam 30%

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Field trip report 20%

The Report will be a summary of the field trip on the weekend of the 21st of March. The Students will be required to create Lithostratigraphic plots for each of the basins we investigate on the trip. It will be due the 21st of April and returned the 5th of May.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in pracs.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission not permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Bradley Opdyke

Research Interests

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Marine Geochemistry, Paleoceanography/Paleoclimate

Dr Bradley Opdyke

Monday 09:00 17:00
Dr Bradley Opdyke
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Research Interests

Dr Bradley Opdyke

Monday 09:00 17:00

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