Module Details

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Title ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS
Code ENVS258
Coordinator Dr L Uieda
Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
Leonardo.Uieda@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

This module aims to build on theory taught in ENVS216 through practical application of methods previously taught. In addition, fundamentals of remote sensing will be taught. The module will equip students with experience in a range of geophysical methods, carrying out surveys and associated data analysis and interpretation. How the various methods can be integrated will also be explored.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will learn fundamentals of good survey practice in electrical, seismic, gravity and magnetic methods to make them ready for field-based activity with industry.

(LO2) Students will learn basics of remote sensing techniques and how to interpret images, including through the use of GIS.

(LO3) To interpret, both qualitatively and quantitatively, practical data derived from the application of field methods.

(LO4) To interpret graphs and remotely sensed data.

(S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

(S2) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S6) Information skills - Record-keeping

(S7) competency in using a range of common geophysical surveying equipment


Syllabus

 

The first part of the module consists of five weeks of gravity combined with remote sensing, covering fundamentals of multispectral imaging, satellite radar interferometry and LIDAR. Practicals will be both paper-based and GIS-based. The second part of the module consists of five weeks of practical-based near-surface geophysics. Initial lectures: a) recap of geophysical methods learnt in ENVS216, and b) survey methodology, survey planning and how to keep a field notebook.  The rest of the time will be spent designing and carrying out geophysical surveys, along with associated data analysis and interpretation. Methods covered include seismic refraction, seismic reflection, electrical and electromagnetic methods, ground penetrating radar, magnetic and gravity surveying. The primary field area will be Everton Park, Liverpool. Field teaching will be informed by industry professionals from RSK.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Method 3 - Field Work
Description:
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours       27

15

20

62
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 88
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 - Gravity There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :1  750 words maximum +     15       
Assessment2 - Remote Sensing There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :2  4-page A4 report.    35       
Assessment 3 -Near surface geophysics There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :3  1,500 words (unlimit    50       

Recommended Texts

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