• 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
    • AsPr Meghan Miller
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Geophysics is crucial in our understanding of Earth's history, structure and physical conditions. This course will provide a practical introduction to Global Geophysics with an emphasis on Earth's internal and surface processes. Global Geophysics will bring together the structure and dynamics of the Earth in terms of processes varying on scales from the microscopic to the whole planet. Topics will include; plate tectonic theory, earthquakes, seismic waves, heat transport, mantle convection, magnetic and gravity fields, deep Earth structure, geophysical data analysis, and deformation of the solid Earth.

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. Describe the broad-scale structure of the whole Earth.
  2. Explain a range of geophysical processes that act from the Earth’s deep interior to surface.
  3. Discuss how seismic waves travel through the Earth and compare how they are transmitted, reflected and refracted.
  4. Appraise the theory of plate tectonics and explain its foundation in geophysical observations.
  5. Explain the basic configurations of plate tectonic boundaries and their development through time.
  6. Analyse geophysical data to reconstruct large-scale geological processes.
  7. Communicate the ideas underlying geophysical processes in an effective and accessible way.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Three end of module practical assignments (20% each) LO 1-6
  • Student Poster Conference (40%) LO 1-7

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65 contact hours, comprising up to 2 hours per week of lectures, a 3-hour practical per week and a half-day student conference. Students will be required to undertake 1-2 hours of reading per week and 1-2 hours of preparation for each practical.

Preliminary Reading

Understanding Earth by Grotzinger and Jordan
The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics by Fowler
Fundamentals of Geophysics by Lowrie
Earthquakes: Science and Society by Brumbaugh

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this course are recommended to have completed both EMSC1008 (EARTH: The Chemistry and Physics of our Planet) and EMSC1006 (The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science).




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4879 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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