UCL Earth Sciences


GEOL0010 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the sediment transport and deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments.  It covers the measurement and interpretation of sedimentary structures, the principles of stratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphic context of above. 

Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Fox

Module details
TitleSedimentology & Stratigraphy
UG CodeGEOL0010
CoordinatorDr. Matthew Fox
Other Contributors 
Term2 (lectures, practicals, fieldtrip)
Credit15 credits
Oral PresentationPoster Presentation 5%
CourseworkMoodle Quiz 10%, Field exercises and notebooks 45%, Practical exercises 40%
Pre-RequisitesGEOL0006 Surface Processes; GEOL0015 Maps, Images & Structures
Maths & Stats Content and RequirementStudents should be familiar with algebraic manipulation, graphical representation of data (including logarithmic scales) and simple calculus. They should be able to use Microsoft Excel for data analysis (including some basic statistics, i.e., mean, mode, standard deviation).
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes10 hours
Hours of TutorialsAs needed.
Days of Fieldwork10 days
Categorizing Student Performance Levels

The course is designed to provide Second Year students with an understanding of:
•       Sedimentary processes and deposits.
•       Palaeobiological aspects of stratigraphy.
•       Sequence stratigraphy
•       Structural geology.
•       Tectonics and sedimentation.


To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of:

  • sedimentary processes; from sediment source and transport to deposition and formation of strata
  • depositional environments of siliciclastic rocks and carbonate sedimentology
  • principles of stratigraphy


Students will gain:

  • an advanced understanding of the different types of sedimentary rocks and their formation;
  • ability to identify depositional environments based on lithology, facies, and sedimentary structures;
  • an understanding of process-based aspects of selected modern and ancient sedimentary environments, variability and criteria for recognition;
  • an introduction to the concept of sequence stratigraphy as tool to help understand the temporal/spatial variability of sediments and sedimentary environments;
  • ability to measure and interpret various structures, including the reconstruction of Paleoenvironments.