NGEA09011U  Geophysics - Global Seismology and Potential Fields (1+2)

Volume 2013/2014
Education
MSc Programme in Geology and Geoscience
Content

Theoretical and practical aspects of seismology, including the application of controlled source and earthquake seismology to the determination of the material properties of the whole Earth; theory and application of the Earth's gravity and its significance for structure and dynamics; electromagnetic theory and the geomagnetic field, including application to geological studies ; geothermal and other types of observation; synthesis of the results from the various methods in terms of the distribution of properties such as density, elasticity, rheology, etc., of material within the Earth; geodynamic modelling of processes such as mantle convection and plate tectonics.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

  • theoretical and practical aspects of seismology
  • determination of the material properties of the whole Earth
  • theory and application of the Earth's gravity and its significance for structure and dynamic
  • electromagnetic theory and the geomagnetic field, including application to geological studies


Skills:

  • An understanding of the current state-of-the-art physical methods for studying the Earth.
  • General knowledge of the structure of the Earth.
  • Information on which our present understanding of the Earth is based, including limitations.
  • Understanding of current literature on the subject, including skills to present this understanding.
  • Appreciation of the relation between structure, physical properties, and dynamics of the Earth.
  • Ability to use basic physical formulas for solving general geophysical problems


Competences:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • account for the current state-of-the-art physical methods for studying the Earth;
  • account for the structure of the Earth;
  • account for the information on which our present understanding of the Earth is based, including limitations;
  • understand the current literature on the subject, including skills to present this understanding;
  • account for the relation between structure, physical properties, and dynamics of the Earth;
  • use basic physical formulas for solving general geophysical problems.
BSc in Geology and Geoscience or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations, group-work etc.
Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7,5 ECTS-points. In this case the exam assessment is based on teachers’ approval of assignments.
All students must hand in a written assignment after block 1. The assignment must be approved by the teacher. Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7.5 ECTS credits based on the teachers' approval of the written assignment.
Students must have an approved block 1 assignment to continue with the course and participate in the block 2 exam.
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 minutter
Oral examination (written report and curriculum) without preparation time. The examination takes 30 minutes, inclusive grading.
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Exam registration requirements
Submission of one written report before exam
Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

See description of learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 70
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Total
  • 412