• 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, Physics, Earth Physics, Geology, Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Caroline Eakin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Geophysical surveys are utilised across a wide range of public and private sectors that require investigation of the shallow sub-surface. This includes resource exploration, groundwater management, storage of waste products, archeological investigations, and in general, detection of underground structures or objects (e.g. locating buried utilities). This course builds on concepts from EMSC2022 (Introduction to Global Geophysics) to demonstrate practical applications of common geophysical tools and methods. Students across the breadth of Earth Sciences are expected to encounter such geophysical datasets in future careers. Students will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to make informed geological insights and decisions based on such datasets.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completing this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the physical principles underpinning geophysical methods.
  2. Critically evaluate geophysical techniques, acquisition procedures, and survey designs for various subsurface targets.
  3. Process and analyse collected geophysical data.
  4. Employ appropriate modeling methodologies, and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, and limitations.
  5. Infer physical properties at depth and formulate geological interpretations from those properties.
  6. Demonstrate effective team-work and communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Practical assessments (60%) LO 1-5
  • Independent project (40%, including a report, 20% and a presentation, 20%) LO 4-6

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and a 3-hour practical per week. An additional 65 hours is expected to be spent outside of class preparing for practicals and completing the independent project.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed EMSC2022.

Preliminary Reading

"An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration" by Kearey, Brooks, and Hill (Blackwell)
“Principles of Applied Geophysics” by Parasnis (Chapman & Hall)
“Applied Geophysics” by Telford, Geldart, & Sheriff (Cambridge University Press)
“Environmental Geophysics” by Vogelsang (Springer)

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:
6 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
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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
4576 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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