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Undergraduate Course: Exploration Seismology (EASC10038)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryExploration Seismology takes you from the basic understanding of exploration techniques offered by the course Exploration Geophysics, to a level where you are well versed in several research-level topics that are of most relevance to seismic research and development today.

You will also be coached in detail about how to present research-level concepts orally using powerpoint slides to a general and technical audience.

In total you will study several papers in detail. The topics covered include:

1) Some extremely useful linear algebra (as required for this course)
2) Theory of experimental and survey design
3) Designing 3D seismic reflection surveys both in land and marine settings
4) Tomography of the subsurface, specifically cross-well tomography
5) Predicting and removing multiples to create clearer migrated images
6) Calculating the economic value of geophysical information

By the end of the course you will understand all of these topics in detail, and be able to present them to a professional standard at research level.

Course description The course is based on reading research articles in conjunction with group discussions around the following topics.

1) Linear Algebra required for this course
2) Geophysical Survey Design
3) Value of Information
4) Crosswell Seismic Methods
5) Seismic Multiple Removal.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Exploration Geophysics (EASC09040)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents MUST have passed the equivalent of Exploration Geophysics (EASC09040).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 12, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
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 two short questions which must both be answered and which together amount to 25% of the total mark, and a choice of two long questions, each of which count for 75% of the mark.
Feedback This course provides repeated feedback throughout the course as an integral part of the course work. During this course you will have several opportunities to present research-level material to the class and to the lecturer orally, presenting individually and as part of a presentation team. You will receive questions and feedback from both the audience and the lecturer about the material in your presentation. Each presentation is performed twice by different teams so that suggested improvements are actually implemented in presentations, and in your understanding of the Geophysics material.

The lecturer will also give you detailed feedback on your individual presentation style, including constructive tips on how to improve. Week by week your presentation style will improve. Every year, by the end of the course, every student is presenting research-level Geophysical material just as professionally as professionals in industry or academia. 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. You will understand some useful data processing methods and associated linear algebra which are transferable to other fields/applications.
  2. You will have learned about land and marine 3D seismic reflection survey design and data acquisition.
  3. You will have studied seismic tomography in an exploration setting.
  4. You will understand the concept of value of information.
  5. You will be able to present orally and professionally all of the above topics at research level.
Reading List
Some Remarks on Multiple Attenuation. Dragoset and Jericevic, Geophysics, 1998, 63, 772-789.
Crosshole Seismic Tomography, Bregman, Bailey and Chapman, Geophysics, 1989, 54, 200-215
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Mark Chapman
Tel: (0131 6)50 8521
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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