• 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
    • AsPr David Heslop
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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:

  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

  1. Three written assessments (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Independent project (including a report, 20% and a presentation, 20%) (40) [LO 4,5,6]

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Workload

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.
  • Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

None

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.  

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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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
3529 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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