C&ENVENG 4056 - Linear Geostatistics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course provides a more rigorous and in-depth treatment of the subjects covered in Introduction to Geostatistics. Variograms - calculation, interpretation and modelling. Averaging effects - regularisation and its effects. Using the variogram to predict statistical characteristics of variables measured on different scales. The stationarity assumptions - strict stationarity, second-order stationarity and intrinsic stationarity. Kriging and kriging variances - the effects of changes in parameter values, screen effects, simple kriging, ordinary kriging. Applications of kriging to case studies and demonstration examples.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4056
    Course Linear Geostatistics
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 35 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 4106
    Assessment Coursework 50%, Formal Written Exam 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Dowd

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The course runs in intensive mode 9-5pm each day for one week with a mixture of tutorials and lectures. An hour break is provided for lunch. Assignments are to be completed in remaining time outside contact hours.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Competently characterise and model spatial variability
    2 Interpret models of spatial variability in the context of specific applications
    3 Estimate values of spatial variables together with the variance of the errors associated with such estimates


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes are required reading for this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Delivery is intensive mode, involving: lectures, tutorials and examples classes.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A standard 3 unit load is 156 hours. 35 hours are allocated for lectures and tutorials. Approximately 120 hours are allocated to completing assignments and revising for the exam.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Four tutorials Individual Formative Week 1 1. 2. 3.
    Nine software tutorial sessions Group/Individual Formative Week 1 1. 2. 3.
    Four assignments 50 Individual Summative Weeks 3-9 Overall pass 1. 2. 3.
    Written exam 50 Individual Summative Week 10 Overall pass 1. 2. 3.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The exam will be held at the University of Adelaide, in June, on a Sunday. Exact date to be specified by lecturer at commencement of course.

    All assignments are individual.
    There is no hurdle requirement on the exam.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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