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Mudrock Petrology and Pore-scale Imaging

Society for Sedimentary Geology
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About This Course

This course designed to be an introduction to the compositional classification of fine-grained sediments and sedimentary rocks and provides a foundation for bulk rock property prediction. The course begins with an overview of the basic components of sedimentary rocks that covers the terminology and particulate characteristics to consider when classifying fine-grained sedimentary rocks. It then focuses on grain assemblages in mudrocks and possible ways to classify fine-grained sedimentary rocks using a refined classification scheme specifically for mudrocks. The course finishes with sections on understanding diagenesis of fine-grained sedimentary rocks and how diagenetic processes impact rock property prediction.

Course Objectives

Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:

  • Basic components of particulate sedimentary rocks
  • How to characterize primary and secondary components in mudrocks
  • Extrabasinal and intrabasinal grain assemblages in fine-grained sediments
  • Terminology and characteristics to consider when classifying fine-grained sedimentary rocks
  • A classification scheme refined for mudrocks that incorporates diagenetic processes

Course Format

This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.

Note: For tips on taking this course via the edX mobile app, please visit the edX Learner’s Guide, and read the section on using the edX mobile app for the most up-to-date information.

Obtaining Continuing Education Units

If your course grade is at least 70%, you may apply for 0.5 CEU credit. There is an administrative fee for the issuance of the CEU, and you can view the fee structure here. You can check your final grade by clicking on the Progress menu item in the course navigation menu at the top of the page.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Staff

American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I take the course using the edX mobile app?

For tips on taking the course via the edX mobile app, please visit the edX Learner’s Guide, and read the section on using the edX mobile app for the most up-to-date information.

Do I have to take this course all at one time to pass it?

No, in fact that's the advantage of offering asynchronous online courses. You can go through the course at your own pace, pause when you wish, save your progress, and resume the course when it’s convenient for you to do so.

Do I have to pay a registration fee for the course?

There is no registration fee for the course. You may view the entire course, and complete all the assessments, assignments, and exams at no cost.

Are Continuing Education Units available for this course?

If you would like to receive credit for the course and obtain CEUs, you will need to pass the course with a minimum of a 70%, fill out a form to register for the CEUs, and pay an administrative fee. The administrative fee for CEUs varies for each course. Please see details in the “How to Obtain CEUs” section at the end of each course.