GEOL40730 Geophysical Methods 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to the physical principles behind, and the practical application of the seismic techniques commonly used to image the subsurface. The students will be introduced to the seismic refraction, reflection, and surface wave methods. Data acquisition and processing will be introduced, but a special attention will be given to the interpretation of seismic data with a focus on shallow geophysical applications. In addition, the students will be introduced to the basics of spectral analysis, required for a deeper understanding of geophysical data. They will gain an understanding of how to assess the information content and resolution of geophysical images/models as well as of the importance of underlying physical principles in Earth model building.

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Learning Outcomes:

- an understanding of physical principle behind seismic imaging techniques
- an understanding the strengths and limitations of these methods
- an understanding the link between the seismic image of the subsurface and actual geology.
- an understanding the basics of seismic processing techniques
- an understanding of the resolution limitation of different techniques
- ability of interpreting data

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- lectures
- practical classes
- filed work
- autonomous learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assessment of practical coursework throughout the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Written Examination Unspecified No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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Name Role
Dr Lawrence Amy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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