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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Geophysics (EASC08008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEarth Science Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionA comprehensive introduction to the physical study of the Earth, concentrating on descriptive and interpretative aspects of both pure and applied geophysics, including discussion of earthquakes and seismology, gravity, geomagnetism, the thermal state of the Earth and plate tectonics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLaboratory1-11 14:00 - 17:00or 14:00 - 17:00
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
CentralLecture1-11 10:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 18, Monday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. George Sq.07 Rm F21
Additional information Practicals: Tue 14.00 or Thur 14.00-17.00.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you should have a broad knowledge and understanding of how geophysics is used to build up a picture of the interior of the Earth and the processes which generate its structure and surface features. You will also be aware of how the same techniques used on the earth can be employed to remotely sense other planets, as well as the Earth&ęs oceans and atmosphere. You will understand the principles of the geophysical techniques by which this information is derived. You will have gained practical experience and understanding of some geophysical survey techniques in the field and how observations can be interpreted. You should be able to write a scientific report and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions.

Note: all the information you need about the course is in the course handbook, which you can get from Nikki Muir.
Assessment Information
Four written reports Class Exams, Degree Exams.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsIntroduction_Geophysics
Contacts
Course organiserDr Wyn Williams
Tel: (0131 6)50 4909
Email: wyn.williams@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Nicola Muir
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
Email: Nikki.Muir@ed.ac.uk
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