Module Details

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Title Geophysics Field School
Code ENVS362
Coordinator Professor B Edwards
Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To provide, for geophysics  students, an understanding of:

The application of geophysical theory to exploration and engineering targets.

Practical use and evaluation of geophysical data, its acquisition, processing and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To develop knowledge of the response of geophysical instruments to a variety of targets.

(LO2) To understand the physical principles, limitations and errors associated with geophysical data aquisition.

(LO3) To synthesise and interpret geophysical data sets within the appropriate geological context.

(LO4) To develop problem-solving skills analogous to working for a major exploration company or geophysical engineering company/consultancy, including planning, logistics, budgeting time and expenditure.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Adaptability (project management) and repeatability (notetaking)

(S5) Use of professional grade geophysical software



The module consists of a two-part field school during which the students will work in teams.

Part 1 - Training

Training with a range of geophysical techniques, including seismic methods, ground penetrating radar, electrical methods, and magnetic field measurements.

Practical exercises will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of geophysical techniques to resolve targets and monitor changes in geophysical parameters. Data will be acquired, processed and interpreted for an oral presentation aimed at 'scientifically minded' non-experts.

Part 2 - Project

Students will be assigned a project involving a small scale site survey (geophysical survey), where they will be expected to use the methods and techniques developed during the training stage. They will also undertake a large scale regional survey with gravity and magnetic methods. These will be written up as a technical report.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This residential field course is delivered through practical application of professional geophysical equipment to give students insight into both environmental geophysics and regional surveying techniques. Students are first trained in the use of equipment and techniques. Then they are assigned a group project, during which they consolidate their understanding of the techniques and equipment.

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorials
Description: Introduction to the geology of the field location, the geophysical techniques and equipment used, and on processing data.

Teaching Method 2 - Field Work
Description: Geophysical fieldwork.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     3


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 87


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Group presentation of results at the end of the field class. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Sche    20       
Field Notebooks. Field notes are an important part of fieldwork. All students will take notes and at the end of the field course the students' notebooks will be assessed for (I) presentation; (ii) com    10       
Technical Report on site investigation. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    70       

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