Fall 2020 - EASC 302 D100

Sedimentary Petrology (3)

Class Number: 1973

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    STAT 201 or 270, EASC 201 and 205. All with a grade of C- or better.



Description and classification, field and microscopic identification of sedimentary rocks; petrogenesis and paleoenvironmental reconstruction.


EASC 302 is a course that concentrates on the description of the composition, texture, fabric and diagenesis (petrography) and its implications for the depositional origin (petrology) of sedimentary rocks. The course outlines the various classification schemes for siliciclastic and carbonate rocks, microscopic/optical techniques for their study, and develops theories of sedimentary rock formation and diagenetic modification.

Course Topics:
1.    The study of siliciclastic rocks (coarse clastics, sandstones and mudstones), including compositional and textural classification systems, diagenesis, optical analysis of common siliciclastic rock suites in thin section, and their field identification.
2.      Recent and evolving techniques in clastic sedimentary petrology (detrital zircon, geochemistry)
3.      The study of chemically precipitated rocks (limestones, dolostones and evaporites), including compositional and textural classification systems, diagenesis, optical analysis of carbonate rock suites in thin section, and their field identification.
4.      The study of organo-sedimentary rocks (e.g., coal) (time permitting).  

Course Organization:
One 2-hour lecture/week (delivered asynchronously; pdf copies of slides and pre-recorded lectures on CANVAS).
One 1-hour information session per week (delivered synchronously).
One 2-hour laboratory period every two weeks (face-to-face delivery dates to be announced).


  • Online quizzes – Two (2.5% each): 5%
  • Online Midterm Exam (timed): 20%
  • Oral Final Exam: 30%
  • Laboratory Assignments: 10%
  • Laboratory Exam: 35%


The fall offering of EASC 302 is via remote instruction for lectures and lab demonstrations, and a limited number of face-to-face labs. Students unable or unwilling to participate in face-to-face labs should contact the instructor prior to registering in the course.

Lectures and laboratory demonstrations and associated slides will be pre-recorded (asynchronous) and made available for download through Canvas. Review of lectures, lab demos, lecture notes, and lab demo notes is mandatory. There will be one-hour online information sessions (synchronous) each week to answer any questions that arise from the pre-recorded lectures. Attendance at information sessions is optional.

The technology requirements for successfully completing this course include a laptop or computer, webcam, and internet access.  Highspeed internet access is preferred.  Headset with microphone is ideal. Students should have software sufficient to work with excel spreadsheets, power point files, word files, and pdfs and jpg images.




Tucker, M.E., 2003. Sedimentary Petrology (Third Edition). Blackwell Science Ltd., UK., 261 p.
ISBN: 9788126532995


A.E. Adams, W.S. Mackenzie, C. Guilford. 1984. Atlas of Sedimentary Rocks Under the Microscope. 110 pg
ISBN: 9780582301184

Scholle, P.A. and Ulmer-Scholle, D.S. 2003. A Color Guide to the Petrography of Carbonate Rocks: Grains, Textures, Porosity, Diagenesis, AAPG Memoir 77, 474 p. 

ISBN: 9780891813583

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).