GEOLOGY 2515 - Geophysics II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2515 Course Geophysics II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Incompatible GEOLOGY 3500 Course Description This course will introduce a series of geophysical techniques that can be applied to determine the physical characteristics of the Earth's lithosphere, with direct application to the detection and mapping of mineral and energy resources in three dimensions. We will take a generic view, that economic concentrations of mineral and energy resources are geological anomalies that are defined by extreme localised enrichments (of specific elements, minerals, liquids, gases or heat) and are recognisable by steep gradients in a range of measurable geophysical properties. The course will be divided into modules covering geophysical exploration techniques commonly used in minerals and energy exploration, (gravity, magnetic, electrical, electro-magnetic and seismic surveys). We will examine the theoretical basis of each technique, the methods of data collection, presentation and analysis, and appropriate, geologically constrained, interpretation of the data. Students will explore an industry style data base and softwares to solve a geophysical based problem.
Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Heinson
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Course Learning OutcomesThis course aims to introduce students to the techniques used to measure the geophysical characteristics of the Earth, prticularly applied to mineral and energy exploration. It also provides a working knowldge of the physics of each technique, methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation and an appreciation of the exploration scenarios in which each technique may apply.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrated proficiency in common practical skills in resource exploration;
2. Understand the scientific basis of mineral, energy and natural resource exploration;
3. Have knowledge of field based data collection;
4. Understand of the importance of data quality – collection, analysis, and modelling.
5. Demonstrate communication and presentation skills in geophysics.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
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Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and workshops), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading, homework and revision).
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Assessment SummarySix online quizes (10% each, for 60%)
Geophysical practicals Weeks 1-8 summary report (20%)
Seismic practicals Weeks 9-12 summary report (20%)
Assessment DetailSix online quizes (10% each, for 60%). These are short-answer, open-book online quizzes, with a time limit of 60 minutes each and one attempt only.
Geophysical practicals Weeks 1-8 summary report (20%). This is a summary report based on the activities of seven lab classes. Each lab report can be completed in class, and typically comprises of a number of short question, and images from the modelling software.
Seismic practicals Weeks 9-12 summary report (20%). This is a group project, based on seismic data processing labs in weeks 9-12. The project involves a series of worked exercises that are written up as a report.
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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
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