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Undergraduate Course: Geophysical Investigation of Earth Resources (EASC10116)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course focuses on geophysical methods for investigating the subsurface of the earth for resources: minerals, water, and hydrocarbons. The physical properties of the resources that contrast with the background determine the geophysical method that should be used to detect and evaluate them.
Course description The emphasis of the course is on high resolution extraction of physical properties from geophysical data.
Introduction to geophysical exploration for resources
Anisotropy in the earth
Determination of seismic velocities
Land and marine seismic sources
Seismic reflection interpretation and well-ties
Geophysical time lapse methods
Removal of multiples in seismic data processing
Seismic interferometry
Controlled source electromagnetics (CSEM)
Airborne magnetic exploration

The course includes a practical course on seismic data processing using SEG-Y seismic data and seismic-industry software.
5 practicals (3 hours each) and 5 tutorials (3 hours each) are held on alternate weeks.
Students complete the practical work in their own time and are required to write a report on the data processing of not more than 4,000 words.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Geophysical Measurement and Modelling (EASC10110)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesApproval of CO
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 137 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 30%: Report on Seismic data processing«br /»
Exam: 70%
Feedback Work will be set in tutorials and feedback will be given on that work in subsequent tutorials. This work will not be formally assessed, but is given to help students appreciate the subject and find out how they are doing.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the application of geophysical methods to find scarce earth resrouces
  2. Appreciate the concepts and methods of seismic data processing
  3. Appreciate the requirement that the derived earth model must be consistent with all the data
  4. Appreciate the role of reflection seismology in determination of subsurface structure, controlled source electromagnetics in the determination of subsurface fluids and gravity and magnetics in the location of ore bosied
  5. Familiarity with current research topics in industrial geophysics
Reading List
Young, R.A, 2004, A lab manual of seismic reflection processing: EAGE Publications b.v, Houten, The Netherlands

Luk Ikelle and Lasse Amundsen, "Introduction to Petroleum Seismology", 2005, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Ability to process seismic data using seismic-industry software
2) Ability to write a seismic processing report
3) Ability to read, understand and use professional literature.
KeywordsEarth resources,geophysics
Course organiserProf Anton Ziolkowski
Tel: (0131 6)50 8511
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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