GEOS3104/3804: Geophysical Methods

GEOS3104 Geophysical Methods

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Prof Dietmar Müller
Teachers: Prof Greg Houseman, Assoc Prof Patrice Rey, Dr Tristan Salles, Dr Simon Williams
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour practical class per week.
Prerequisites: 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study or (GEOS(2114/2914) and GEOS(2124/2924))
Prohibitions: GEOS3004, GEOS3804, GEOS3003, GEOS3903, GEOS3006, GEOS3906, GEOS3016, GEOS3916, GEOS3017, GEOS3917
Assessment: One 2 hour exam (50%), practical work (50%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit introduces the common geophysical methods used to investigate the interior and dynamics of the Earth and focuses on the techniques used for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration. On completion of this unit students will have developed a thorough understanding of the common geophysical methods utilised in academia and the resource exploration industry. They will be able to evaluate and critically assess most forms of geophysical data as well as actively participate in geophysical explorations. Furthermore the course will provide the students with the computational skills to process different geophysical data in an applied, resource exploration-centered perspective. The unit is aimed at students with interests in land-based and marine resource exploration, plate tectonics, internal earth structure/dynamics, and near-surface investigations of groundwater resources and environmental pollution. Students wishing to specialise in the field and become professional geophysicists will normally need to expand upon the geophysics knowledge gained from this unit and either complete an honours project or progress to postgraduate coursework in this field.

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GEOS3804 Geophysical Methods Advanced

Credit points: 6
Coordinator: Prof Dietmar Müller
Teachers: Prof Greg Houseman, Assoc Prof Patrice Rey, Dr Tristan Salles, Dr Simon Williams
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour practical class per week.
Prerequisites: Distinction in GEOS2114 or GEOS2914 and GEOS2124 or GEOS2924; Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with the permission of the Head of School
Prohibitions: GEOS3104, GEOS3003, GEOS3903, GEOS3006, GEOS3906, GEOS3016, GEOS3916, GEOS3017, GEOS3917
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, practical work (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS3104 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance at the time of enrolment. Students who elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independant work to meet unit objectives. Specific details for this unit of study will be announced in meetings with students in week 1 of semester.

See the Course Outline.