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GEOL461 Advanced Topics in Geophysics 1

Practical and conceptual approaches to applying geophysical methods (particularly seismology) to investigate and image geological features and the processes that have formed such features.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Geophysics 1
Paper code GEOL461
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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Restriction
GEOL 431
Eligibility

This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.

Contact

geology@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Dr Christian Ohneiser

Paper Structure

  • Seismic Data Processing - Seismic method overview
  • Seismic Data Processing - The 'seismogram' and seismic refraction method
  • Seismic Data Processing - Seismic reflections and the seismic section
  • Seismic Data Processing - Prestack processing – introduction to processing software
  • Geophysical Analysis - Introduction and overview of analytical methods
  • Geophysical Analysis - Introduction to analytical software and the term project
  • Seismic Data Processing - Processing
  • Seismic Data Processing - Migration
  • Geophysical Analysis - Computer lab workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Well log analysis workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Computer lab workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Case history studies

Textbooks

Textbooks 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

At completion of GEOL 461, students should have demonstrated all of the following:

  • Understanding of how and why geophysics in general, and seismology in particular, are applied to investigate and image geological structures and processes. This will include an understanding of the advantages and limitations of these methods over other techniques. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Global perspective, Environmental literacy, Ethics, Lifelong learning and Critical thinking.)
  • Development of methodological skills in seismic data acquisition, processing and analysis. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Communication, Self-motivation and Teamwork.)
  • Development of independent and group skills for communicating geophysical research in small groups and more formal settings (poster presentation sessions). This will include the ability to prepare for and produce coherent written and oral presentations and arguments about the methods and datasets that they present. They will challenge conventional assumptions and consider different options and viewpoints when discussing results. Students will develop an appreciation for flexibility, adaptability and creativity in seismic research. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Communication, Self-motivation, Lifelong learning and Teamwork.)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Practical and conceptual approaches to applying geophysical methods (particularly seismology) to investigate and image geological features and the processes that have formed such features.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Geophysics 1
Paper code GEOL461
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
GEOL 431
Eligibility

This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.

Contact

geology@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew Gorman

Paper Structure
  • Seismic Data Processing - Seismic method overview
  • Seismic Data Processing - The 'seismogram' and seismic refraction method
  • Seismic Data Processing - Seismic reflections and the seismic section
  • Seismic Data Processing - Prestack processing – introduction to processing software
  • Geophysical Analysis - Introduction and overview of analytical methods
  • Geophysical Analysis - Introduction to analytical software and the term project
  • Seismic Data Processing - Processing
  • Seismic Data Processing - Migration
  • Geophysical Analysis - Computer lab workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Well log analysis workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Computer lab workshop
  • Geophysical Analysis - Case history studies
Textbooks

Textbooks 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

At completion of GEOL 461, students should have demonstrated all of the following:

  • Understanding of how and why geophysics in general, and seismology in particular, are applied to investigate and image geological structures and processes. This will include an understanding of the advantages and limitations of these methods over other techniques. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Global perspective, Environmental literacy, Ethics, Lifelong learning and Critical thinking.)
  • Development of methodological skills in seismic data acquisition, processing and analysis. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Communication, Self-motivation and Teamwork.)
  • Development of independent and group skills for communicating geophysical research in small groups and more formal settings (poster presentation sessions). This will include the ability to prepare for and produce coherent written and oral presentations and arguments about the methods and datasets that they present. They will challenge conventional assumptions and consider different options and viewpoints when discussing results. Students will develop an appreciation for flexibility, adaptability and creativity in seismic research. (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Communication, Self-motivation, Lifelong learning and Teamwork.)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard