• Code EMSC4008
  • Unit Value 3 to 24 units
  • Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Earth Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rhodri Davies
    • Dr Ross Kerr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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The structure and dynamic processes of the Earth are measured, quantified and understood by utilizing principles and methods from the physical sciences. Core areas of study include seismology, geodynamics, geodesy and geophysical fluid dynamics. A variety of course work from these fields is on offer, in addition to a supervised research project worth 50% of the final mark. The goal of Physics of the Earth Honours is to gain a solid grounding in quantitative analysis of physical processes based on both theory and observation. For example, plate tectonics, in which distinct pieces of the rigid outer shell of the Earth constantly move and interact due to internal heating, manifests in seismic (e.g. earthquakes), geodetic (e.g. GPS displacement) and geodynamic (e.g. crustal deformation) observation. Evidence from these fields of study have been central to gaining a better understanding of convection within the Earth's mantle, and how the continents have shifted and deformed over time. More specifically, coursework will cover seismic wave propagation, earthquake source mechanisms and seismic imaging; fundamental concepts in fluid dynamics and their application to the Earth (e.g. Buoyancy driven flow in the ocean); sea level change and variations in polar ice cap volumes from satellite data; the physical behaviour of minerals and rocks at pressures and temperatures encountered deep within the Earth; and theory and numerical methods for solving geophysical inverse and data inference problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. A solid understanding of one or more specialist fields in Earth Physics, including seismology, geodesy, geodynamics, rock physics or geophysical fluid dynamics.
2. Demonstrated an ability to carry out high quality original research.
3. The ability to critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles.
4. The ability to write scientific reports at a standard suitable for publication in international refereed journals.
5. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly. 

Indicative Assessment

Seminar/Oral Presentation 10% (LO 1,2,5)
Written Thesis 90% (LO 1-5) 

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Workload

65 course hours per 3 units

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

A solid grounding in some combination of applied maths, physics, earth and marine science, engineering and computing is recommended. 

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
3 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
3.00 0.06250
4.00 0.08333
5.00 0.10417
6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $610 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $860 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4532 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4533 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4534 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4535 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4536 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4537 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4538 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
4539 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9579 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9580 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9581 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9582 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9583 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9584 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9585 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A
9586 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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