- Code EMSC2022
- Unit Value 6 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, Science, Earth Physics, Geology
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.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO):
Students who undertake the HPO will be required to demonstrate extended knowledge and greater depth of technical analysis and evaluation within written assessments.
- Students taking the extension-type HPO will be offered extra material on Wattle to support completion of one additional question with greater complexity within the Wattle Quizzes and one additional written question with greater complexity within each report. This will make up 5% of the written assessment.
- The HPO is open to all students. To opt-in, students must attempt all additional questions and can opt-out at any point, e.g., through subsequent non-attempts of the additional questions.
- Students undertaking the HPO will engage with LO3, LO4, and LO6 in greater depth.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the broad-scale structure of the whole Earth.
- Explain a range of geophysical processes that act from the Earth’s deep interior to surface.
- Discuss how seismic waves travel through the Earth and compare how they are transmitted, reflected and refracted.
- Appraise the theory of plate tectonics and explain its foundation in geophysical observations.
- Explain the basic configurations of plate tectonic boundaries and their development through time.
- Analyse geophysical data to reconstruct large-scale geological processes.
- Communicate the ideas underlying geophysical processes in an effective and accessible way.
- Plate tectonics module assessments (two at 12.5 % each) (25) [LO 2,4,5,6,7]
- Earth structure module assessments (two at 12.5 % each) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Geohazard module assessments (two: 12.5% and 5%) - 17.5% in total (17) [LO 2,6,7]
- Poster Project - 32.5% total (33) [LO 2,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week.
- 1/2 day student conference
- Approximately 60 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, practicals and other assessment tasks.
No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingUnderstanding 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
Knowledge of first year tertiary level Physics is recommended
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