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GEOS929 – Geophysical Data Processing

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mark Lackie
12WW (E7A) Room 108
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit is intended primarily to introduce students to advanced techniques and exploration practice in geophysical processing and interpretation. Students utilise commercial geophysical packages to process and interpret geophysical data sets. The unit will be a more applied than theoretical offering with students learning to use a range of packages and interpretation techniques common in geophysical applications.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  2. 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  3. 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  4. 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  5. 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  6. 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment I 15% No See schedule
Assignment II 15% No See schedule
Assignment III 15% No See schedule
Assignment IV 10% No See Schedule
Assignment V 20% No See Schedule
Oral Presentation 10% No See schedule
Field Report 15% No End of Semester

Assignment I

Due: See schedule
Weighting: 15%

ModelVision Exercises


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assignment II

Due: See schedule
Weighting: 15%

MAPINFO/Discover exercises


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information

Assignment III

Due: See schedule
Weighting: 15%

Geosoft exercises


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assignment IV

Due: See Schedule
Weighting: 10%

ERMAPPER exercises


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assignment V

Due: See Schedule
Weighting: 20%

Interpretation exercise


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Oral Presentation

Due: See schedule
Weighting: 10%

Seminar on a specialist paper.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Field Report

Due: End of Semester
Weighting: 15%

Scientific report after acquiring and processing some geophysical data


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Delivery and Resources

There is no textbook for the unit. A copy of DENTITH AND MUDGE (QC807 .D46 2014) or SHARMA (QE501.3.S48) or (TA705.S515/1997), or PARASNIS (TN269P32) or REYNOLDS (QC808.5.R49) or TELFORD (TN269.T44) or KEAREY and BROOKS (TN269.K36) or MUSSETT and KHAN (QE501.M87) would be useful to have around. Copies of relevant sections of the software manuals are on all the computers and I will make them available on the iLearn WEBSITE at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/ .  I will post the assignments and PDFs of relevant sections of the manuals on that site.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment I
  • Assignment V
  • Field Report

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment I
  • Assignment II
  • Assignment III
  • Assignment IV
  • Assignment V
  • Oral Presentation
  • Field Report

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment V
  • Oral Presentation
  • Field Report

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Students will be able to utilise geophysical software to solve geological problems
  • 2. Students will acquire new computational skills
  • 3. Students will be able to process raw geophysical data to best highlight geological information
  • 4. Competence in accessing, using and synthesising appropriate information
  • 5. Application of knowledge to solving problems and evaluating ideas and information
  • 6. Capacity to present ideas clearly with supporting evidence

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment I
  • Assignment II
  • Assignment III
  • Assignment IV
  • Assignment V
  • Oral Presentation
  • Field Report