Syllabus for Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeobiology

Sedimentologi, stratigrafi och paleobiologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV001
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-21
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in earth science including Earth Science - Planet Earth, 30 credits, and Rocks and Quaternary Deposits, 15 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • understand and explain fundamental sedimentological, stratigraphical and palaeobiological problems
  • understand and use the methods applied to analyse the properties of sediments of different age and character
  • interpret depositional processes, facies and stratigraphical subdivision in relation to depositional environment, variation in sea level, the tectonic position of the sedimentary basin and the climate
  • understand the large-scale physical, chemical and palaeobiological changes during the history of Earth and how these changes can be expressed in the stratigraphy
  • be able to practically interpret sedimentary and fossil material in the field


The processes of erosion, transport and deposition of clastic, biogenic and chemical sediments in continental and coastal, and open marine environments. The formation of sedimentary features (e.g. structures, textures, mineralogical compositions) that can be used to interpret depositional environment and facies for litho-, bio-, seismic- and sequence stratigraphy subdivisions and in correlation. The evolution of Earth and the biosphere.

Training in communication is an integrated part of the course.


Lectures, seminars, practical exercises and field work.


Written examination (6 credits), as well as a practical part consisting of seminars, practical exercises and oral and written presentation of project work (4 credits).

Other directives

The field trip will cause costs for travel and accommodation for the student.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 25, 2015

  • Nichols, Gary Sedimentology and stratigraphy

    2nd ed.: 2009.:

    Find in the library


  • Wicander, Reed; Monroe, James S. Historical geology : evolution of earth and life through time

    7th ed., International ed.: Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole, 2012

    Find in the library

  • Handouts

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper,