2023-2024 / GEOL0321-1

Sedimentary geochemistry


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology2 crédits 


Nathalie Fagel

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction to sedimentary geochemistry. 

The course will be divided in 7 sections.It follows the sedimentary cycle: 1. introduction, composition of thecrust; 3. weathering processes; 4. hydrosphere; 5. sedimentary supplies; 6. diagenesis; 7. geochemical proxies. 

A graphical abstract with the aim, structure and activities of the course is given on the MyULiege platform (see the tag introduction). 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim is to understand the geochemical approach applied on sedimentary deposits.
At the end of the course, the students should have an overview of the interest of sedimentary geochemistry in the understanding of the external geological cycle.
In particular, the students should get the necessary tools to interpret sedimentary geochemical profiles, e.g. to identify the nature and sources of the main inputs, to understand the variability of the geochemical signature of sediments as a function of pa versus natural supplies, ...

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

basic knowledge of general chemistry and thermodynamics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

TP - Selection of exercices chosen to better understand the theoritical part of the course (bring your calculator and laptop if any). One session per chapter + one additional session for revision. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Additional information:

The cursus will be given the first semester (7 sessions of 50 min. x 2) au Department of Geology (B18). The course will be given in French.

Theory - Powerpoint of main concept.

TP - 8 sessions x 2 x 50 min. Laptop and calculator requested.

The participation to practise part is mandatory. Any absence has to be justified . 

More information on MyULiege. 

Recommended or required readings

Copy of the slides and online recorded lectures available on eCampus

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written exam in-person. The exam will integrated both the theoritical course and the exercice sessions. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Lectures will start on wednesday pm from 13.30 to 15.30 at the Department of Geology (Building B18).
The practical works will begin a few weeks later than the theoritical part. The students will be informed of the timetable. The participation to the practical works is mandatory; Any absence has to be justified. 


Nathalie Fagel, Professor, Department of Geology. AGEs - Argiles, Géochimie et Environnements sédimentaires Sart Tilman, B18, Allée du 6 Août, B-4000 Liège Tel: 04/366.22.09 Fax: 04/366.2029 e-mail: nathalie.fagel@uliege.be www. ages.ulg.ac.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

SG - Chapter 5
5. Sedimentation