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SOEE3350 Geoelectrics

10 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Andy Nowacki

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide an overview of both the theoretical background and the applications of geoelectrical methods.

Learning outcomes
Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the geoelectrical techniques in the course syllabus by:
- explaining the physical principles of the techniques;
- explaining the mechanisms by which electromagnetic properties of Earth materials arise;
- for a range of geoelectric techniques, identifying and explaining their: relative utilities; relative costs in time; basic field operation; abilities and limitations;
- quantitatively predicting the electromagnetic signal caused by some simple geometric bodies;
- elucidating examples of the use of geoelectrical methods for subsurface analysis; and
- independently combining lectures, assignments and the scientific literature to reach the above outcomes.


1. Electrical Properties of Earth Materials
2. Self Potential Methods
3. Resistivity Methods
4. Induced Polarization Methods
5. Ground Penetrating Radar
6. Electromagnetic Methods

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
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

78 hours of self-directed study, background reading and revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative problems sets will be available during the course. Attempts at these which are handed in according to timelines agreed with the cohort will be annotated with feedback and indicative marks.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProblem Set 150.00
AssignmentProblem Set 250.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Same format as the original assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:48


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