Applied Geophysics

Subject GEOL30005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures per week; and three hours of practical work per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

One of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Mark Mclean



Subject Overview:

This subject deals with methodologies for extracting geological information out of geophysical datasets. The subject mostly covers potential fields (gravity and magnetic methods) because these datasets are readily available, however it also visits seismic and electrical geophysical methods. GEOL30005 focusses on physics concepts and how they can be used to understand geology. Students work with industry standard software (eg. Geosoft - Oasis Montaj) which performs the maths in the background.

Topics covered include maps, projection systems, datums and GPS; theory, acquisition, processing and interpretation steps involved for gravity and magnetic methods; image enhancement and qualitative interpretation techniques; quantitative style 2.5D geophysical modelling; seismic theory, acquisition, processing and how this integrates with geophysical wire-line well logging; radiometric acquisition/interpretation; and electrical geophysical techniques such as resistivity, induced polarisation, self-potential, electromagnetics and magnetotelurics.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this subject, students will have acquired a basic understanding of applied geophysics, including the acquisition, processing, modelling and interpretation steps involved for gravity, magnetic, seismic and electrical methods.

  • 12 equally weighted weeks of practical exercises, consisting of graphical interpretations/reports or short practical tests, due throughout the semester totalling 2000 words (50%),
  • 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%)

Practical work will include geophysical interpretation and modelling exercises. Each assessment task will be due two weeks following the relevant practical class which it is linked to.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Previously known as 625-304 Geophysics (prior to 2010)

Previously known as 625-304 Applied Geophysics (prior to 2009)

Related Course(s): Master of Geoscience
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geology
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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