GEOP4002 Near-Surface and Environmental Geophysics

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
Geophysical methods are in common use whenever there is a need to map or detect features in the shallow subsurface. Examples include locating ancient and modern graves, mapping shallow marine sediments, assessing groundwater quality and mapping polluted and saline areas, and determining depth to bedrock. This unit will cover the common geophysical methods used for shallow (near-surface) investigation for geoscientific, archaeological, forensic, marine science, agricultural, hydrogeological and engineering applications. Particular emphasis is placed on studies of the sea floor using acoustic methods, hydrogeological studies using electrical and electromagnetic methods and agricultural applications of geophysics.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of basic principles and applications of geophysical methods used to address near-surface geoscientific, archaeological, agricultural, environmental and geotechnical problems; (2) demonstrate proficiency in geophysical interpretation and data integration; (3) understand what relevant information can (and cannot) be derived from geophysical datasets; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the role, strengths and limitations of common geophysical techniques; and (5) effectively communicate geophysical results.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises and (2) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mike Dentith
Contact hours
3 x 4 hour workshops per week for 5 weeks
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