Unit Course book
Faculty of Science
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Geosciences at Soran University. This handbook summarise all the general information you need to guide you during the second stage of your selected course. This booklet also describes in details the content of Seismic Interpretation course, the names of academic staff who will teach the unit, and what you will be expected to do to make sure your success in this unit. We hope you enjoy the unit and that you will find the work inspiring and challenging. Keep in mind that good attendance at lectures and tutorials is important to give you a good basis for work throughout the course. If any students may experience difficulty with this unit, is important to sort things out as soon as possible. Make an appointment with unit coordinator who may be able to help, your year tutor, or other academic staff that involved with this unit.
Please note: you are provided with a hardcopy of teaching materials. It may be necessary to change the order of lectures, deadlines etc, which you will be informed. Therefore, it is ESSENTIAL that you check the Department of Petroleum Geosciences
notice board regularly in order to keep up to date with any changes.
Seismic interpretation has made great inroads into the field exploration over the last thirty years, and in many respects technology has advanced faster than developments in interpretaion techniques. An understanding of Seismic interpretation is essential to many aspects of Petroleum Geosciences. From modest beginnings, seismic reflection is now an indispensable exploration technique. Seismic interpretation is aimed specially at those new to interpretation, who, when confronted with a pile of fresh seismic sections, wonder where to start the interpretation, what to pick, how to recognize multiples, and so forth.
Provide an introduction to Seismic interpretation in Petroleum Geosciences.
An understanding of Seismic interpretation is essential to many aspects of this course.
∙ An appreciation of the way in which Seismic interpretation relates to other aspects of Petroleum Geosciences and the Earth sciences
∙ Understand theoretical concepts in reflection method, seismic data processing and Geologic Interpretation to preparing them for Introduction to Seismic section interpretation.
∙ Undertake practical work using kingdom suite software and matlab programming software
∙ Giving good ability to students to doing specific problems or determining subsurface structures.
∙ Manage and manipulate numerical data from laboratory work and work productively with others in group laboratory experiments
Communications with Academic Staff
This handbook gives information on how to contact and communicate with staff.
We provide room numbers and email addresses of staff to you. The staffs in this department want to help you as much as possible so that you will be successful in your programme. We also want to encourage you to take responsibility for yourselves and for your learning so it will help you in your future careers.
The email rules
∙ Write your email in acceptable English.
∙ In your emails you must include: full name, stage, department and the unit title.
∙ We only respond to queries from students using genuine/Soran University email accounts.
∙ Appointments can be arranged through the email system, if you wish.
∙ We respond to genuine problems and queries as soon as possible, normally within
∙ We will not respond to emails which do not have a subject line.
Staff associated with the unit:
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
Unit: Seismic Interpretation
Method of Assessment:
1 x 2 h lectures and 1 x3h laboratory sessions per week.
Examination and grading
Theory (70% of total course marks)
∙ The average of 4 written examinations will stand for 25% of the total course marks.
∙ A Final examination will stand for the remaining 45% of total course marks.
Practical (30% of total course marks)
∙ The average of 3 written examinations (two each semester) will stand for 10% of the total course marks.
∙ A final examination will stand for 15% of the total course marks.
The average grade of several practical reports will account for 5% of the total course marks. Each group of 3-4 students has to submit a report about the laboratory work. The reports have to be approved by the lecturers in order for the group to be granted admission for the final examination.
The grades for each piece of assessed work are as follows:
∙ 90-100 % is excellent
∙ 80-89% is very good
∙ 70-79% is good
∙ 60-69% is a moderate pass
∙ 50-59% is a pass
∙ <49% is a fail
∙ Note that, Tutorials will be arranged by your lecturer during the class.
Presence at all of these practicals is compulsory. Lack of attendance at any of these sessions will obtain a mark of 0%. All of these practicals will be assessed and will contribute to the total mark of the unit. Students will be given assessment details for each of the practicals during the practical session.
Tutorials & Assessments
Attendance at tutorials & Assessments is necessary in order to gain marks for the given exercise.
Course of Action
1. There are penalties for late submission of coursework.
2. There are penalties for plagiarism and collusion.
Keeping a wall diary is recommended to enter all deadline dates so you can see what assignments are due in. It is also essential to leave yourself sufficient time to complete the work.
• Boggs S. Jr, 2006; Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.4th Edition.
• Boggs S. Jr, 2009; Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks: 2nd Edition. Cambridge
University Press, New York.
• Folk, R, L., 1974, Petrology of sedimentary rocks: Hemphill publishing co., Austian, Texas, 182p.
• Selley R.C 1998; Applied Sedimentology .
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