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Undergraduate Course: Exploration Geophysics (EASC09040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryCore to the course is the learning of the full analysis chain of exploration (particularly seismic) data, from acquisitions to processing and interpretation. Essential signal processing will also be taught.
Course description Overview of Exploration Methods
Marine Seismic Methods
Complication in Marine Seismic
Land Seismic Methods
Basic Physics of Waves
Wave phenomena
Reflections Seismics
Signal Processing and Migration
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Introduction to Geophysics (EASC08008) AND Sedimentology (EASC09037) AND Physics of the Earth (EASC08016) AND Dynamics and Vector Calculus (PHYS08043)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Organiser. Some additional reading may be specified for such students.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 100%, Course Work: 0 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

Exam is 1.5 hours long, and consists of a choice of five questions out of which you must choose to answer three. Each contributes on third of your total mark.
Feedback During this course you will have opportunities to present exploration┐related material to the class and to the lecturer, presenting individually and as part of a presentation team. You will receive questions and feedback from both the audience and the lecturer about the exploration geophysics material in your presentation. The lecturer will also give you detailed feedback on your individual presentation style, including constructive tips on how to improve. This is always seen as a very positive and useful exercise by students each year.

Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will develop a broad, integrated overview of exploration methods and the physics of waves, focussing on reflection seismics, signal processing and migration.
  2. Students will develop an understanding of the principal theories and be aware of specialised and principal techniques used in this field e.g. components of a typical land and marine survey, the main processing methods used as standard across industry, non-governmental organisations and academia.
  3. This course takes you up to the level where you can begin to appreciate the most recent advances and research-level papers in this field.
Reading List
Applied Geophysics, 2nd Edition ┐ W. M. Telford, L. P. Geldart & R. E. Sheriff
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsExploration Geophysics,Exploration Methods,Physics,Refraction Seismics,Reflection Seismics,Sign
Course organiserDr Andrew Curtis
Tel: (0131 6)50 8515
Course secretaryMs Casey Hollway
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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