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Sedimentary Systems

The course covers classification and knowledge of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary processes and environments, and the relationship of sedimentary rocks and plate tectonics.

Students infront of a rock wall, teacher explaining sedimentary systems

The field trip for this course is planned for September 12 to 15, 2023.

More details below under Course structure.

  • Course structure

    Field trip to Västergötland Sweden

    The topics covered on this trip include sedimentary environments, rock types and stratigraphy. 
There will be three nights away at a youth hostel. IGV will pay half the cost of the trip while students pay the rest (will be approximately 900–1000 SEK).


    Assessment and course requirements:

    • Participation in all group activities and completion lab exercises to a satisfactory standard. Assessment/marking is based 50% on assessed exercises and 50% on a written exam. A minimum of an E grade (50%) is required on the assessed exercises (basin essay and excursion report). A minimum of an E grade (50%) on the written exam is also required.
    • Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:
A = Excellent
B = Very good
C = Good
D = Satisfactory
E = Adequate
Fx = Fail, some additional work required
F = Fail, much additional work required.
    • In order to pass the course, students must receive the minimum passing grade E on all course units and
 participate in all mandatory instruction.
    • Students who receive a failing grade on a regular examination are allowed to retake the examination as long as the course is still provided. The number of examination opportunities is not limited. Other mandatory course elements are equated with examinations. A student who has received a passing grade on an 
examination may not retake the examination to attain a higher grade. A student who has failed the same examination twice is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Such requests should be made to the department board. The course has at least two examination
sessions per academic year the year of tuition given. Intermediate years are given at least one examination.
There is no facility to improve the grade Fx to a pass grade in this course.
  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Sam Boggs, 2013
    Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
    Pearson New International Edition, 5th Edition
    ISBN-10 1-292-02899-8, ISBN-13 978-1-292-02899-6, e-book
    ISBN-10 1-292-02128-4, ISBN-13 978-1-292-02128-7, print


  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

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