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GEOL431 Geophysics

Detailed special topics in geophysical theory, data acquisition, processing and analysis.

This paper draws on the geophysical research specialties found in the Department of Geology. Generally, this includes controlled source seismology, paleomagnetism, and seismic hazard analysis.

Paper title Geophysics
Paper code GEOL431
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Not all 400-level GEOL papers will be available in any one year. Decisions will be based on enrolment numbers and will be discussed with students at the start of the academic year.
This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.
Paper Structure
One 90-minute seminar per week for the first and second semesters plus assorted lab and field sessions to support topics being covered in geophysical data collection (field and lab), processing (lab) and analysis (lab).
Specific topics covered in a particular year will depend on the research interests of teaching staff and student interest.
Laboratory sessions make use of the department-™s suite of geophysical instruments and software.

Assessment is typically split evenly between internal (ongoing project work during the year) and external (final exam at the end of the second semester).
Course outline
GEOL431-Geophysics-syllabus-2017.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)
Teaching Arrangements
At least one field trip for data collection is undertaken.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Dr Christian Ohneiser
Professor Mark Stirling
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad range of applied geophysical theory, methods and techniques, with focuses on controlled-source and earthquake seismology, paleomagnetism and geophysical hazards
  • Advanced knowledge of geophysical data analysis methods

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
M1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41