• Class Number 3206
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr David Heslop
    • AsPr David Heslop
    • Prof Meghan Miller
    • Sebastien Allgeyer
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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.

Research-Led Teaching

Students will be provided with the opportunity to design and undertake their own research assignments.

Required Resources

A list of recommended texts will be provided in-class and available on Wattle.

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • end of lecture Q&A sessions
  • written comments via Wattle and email
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1 Module 1 - Seismics: Lectures and one practical
2 Week 2 Module 1 - Seismics: Lectures and one practical
3 Week 3 Module 1 - Seismics: Lectures and one practical Wattle-based take-home assessment on Module 1
4 Week 4 Module 2 - Gravity: Lectures and one practical
5 Week 5 Module 2 - Gravity: Lectures and one practical
6 Week 6 Module 2 - Gravity: Lectures and one practical Wattle-based take-home assessment on Module 2
7 Week 7 Module 3 - Magnetics: Lectures and one practical
8 Week 8 Module 3 - Magnetics: Lectures and one practical Student designed marking rubric due
9 Week 9 Module 3 - Magnetics: Lectures and one practical Wattle-based take-home assessment on Module 3
10 Week 10 Module 4 - Electrical: Lectures and one practical
11 Week 11 Module 4 - Electrical: Lectures and one practical Wattle-based take-home assessment on Module 4
12 Week 12 In-class presentations on individual projects Independent project report submission and in-class presentation.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Wattle-based Module Assessments (4 assessments) 60 % 11/03/2021 24/05/2021 1,2,3,4,5
Design of project marking rubric 5 % 21/04/2021 07/05/2021 4,5,6
Independent Project: Presentation 10 % 24/05/2021 28/05/2021 4,5,6
Independent Project 25 % 03/06/2021 15/06/2021 4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation in all components of the class are required (practicals, lectures, assessments, and final presentations).

Adjustments in 2021 for remote participants:

  • Lectures will be delivered in-person and via Zoom. Lectures will also be recorded and made available through Wattle.
  • Practicals will be delivered in-person and via Zoom. Practicals will also be recorded and made available through Wattle.
  • End of module assessments will be online Wattle quizzes.
  • Remote participants will give their Independent project presentation via Zoom.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 11/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Wattle-based Module Assessments (4 assessments)

Open-book Wattle quizzes based on material presented in lectures and prior practicals. There are four assessments at the end of the seismics, gravity, magnetics, and electrical modules worth 16%, 16%, 16%, and 12%, respectively (reflecting the length of each module). It is intended that the marked reports/quizzes will be returned within 1 week after the submission deadline. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 21/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 07/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6

Design of project marking rubric

Students will create a marking rubric for the different aspects of their individual projects. Each rubric should consider what levels of accomplishment correspond to different grades in the ANU marking scheme.

This assessment task is due in Week 8. Please check the course Wattle site for the exact date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6

Independent Project: Presentation

Summary of the independent project to be presented to the class in the final week of teaching, as indicated by the approximate due date for this assessment.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6

Independent Project

Individual projects designed with a focus on a chosen aspect of the course. Student projects are expected to develop as the course progresses and more geophysical techniques are introduced. The final project is to be submitted at the end of the semester.

The assessment is due after lectures/teaching has finished at the end of the semester. Please check the course Wattle site for the exact date.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignment grades and written feedback will be provided by email. Feedback on Wattle take-home quizzes will be provided directly via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments will not be permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr David Heslop

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Geophysics (Palaeomagnetism)

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Prof Meghan Miller

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Sebastien Allgeyer

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