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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2631 Introduction to Geophysics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Jon Mound
Email: j.e.mound@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

AS Grade C Maths or an equivalent Level 1 Maths module (eg SOEE1480)

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE1150Fundamentals of Geophysics
SOEE2630Fundamentals of Geophysics

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Learn how physics is used to study Earth structure and Earth processes. Techniques of seismology, gravity, geodesy, magnetics, and electromagnetism are used to understand and assess geological hazards, locate natural resources, and understand the structure and dynamics of the planet from an atomic to a global scale.

Objectives

Learn how physics is used to study Earth structure and Earth processes. Techniques of seismology, gravity, geodesy, magnetics, and electromagnetism are used to understand and assess geological hazards, locate natural resources, and understand the structure and dynamics of the planet from an atomic to a global scale.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Recall the definition of terms associated with geophysical theory and observations;
2. Use fundamental geophysical principles to perform simple analysis and interpretation of illustrative data;
3. Describe the physical principles underlying a range of geophysical techniques;
4. Solve problems relating to geophysical investigation of the Earth;
5. Explain how geophysical methods can be used to investigate geological properties and processes;


Syllabus

- Introduction to geophysics
- Seismology: origin and form of seismic waves; seismic refraction/reflection; earth structure; earthquakes
- Gravity: principles, practice and interpretation; isostasy
- Magnetics: magnetisation; geomagnetism and palaeomagnetism; magnetic surveys
- Geoelectric methods: principles of electrical and electromagnetic theory; electrical properties of Earth materials; SP, resistivity, EM, and GPR survey techniques
- Geodesy: stress and strain; measurement and applications
- Integrated case study

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Tutorial91.009.00
Private study hours71.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 3 hours per week follow-up and completion of problem sets: 30 hours
- 2 hours per week follow-up reading: 20 hours
- Revision: 21 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practice MCQs and tutorial problems are integrated with instruction throughout the semester

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQMCQ summative assessment30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The re-sit will consist of a single 48-hour open book exam worth 100% of the mark


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam48 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The re-sit will consist of a single 48-hour open book exam worth 100% of the mark

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:33

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