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  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Tutor: Professor James Hammond
  • Prerequisite: GCSE mathematics
  • Assessment: a written examination (80%) and assignments (20%)

Module description

In this module we introduce the basic principles of geophysics and help you understand the application of geophysical principles in the study of the Earth’s interior.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction to geophysics and seismology
  • Basic seismic refraction and reflection methods
  • Earthquake and global seismology
  • Gravity methods
  • Geomagnetism and magmatic methods
  • Introduction to electrical, electromagnetic and other geophysical methods
  • Geological applications of seismic, gravity and magnetic methods

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe the basic principles of seismology, gravity, magnetic and other geophysical methods
  • describe how principles of geophysics can be applied to enhance our understanding of the Earth
  • apply basic mathematical and physical concepts in the study of geophysics
  • present basic numerical arguments
  • explain the relationship between methodologies and geological applications
  • think quantitatively
  • discuss the relationship between geophysical data and geological interpretation
  • present scientific ideas through activities.