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Introduction to Geophysics and Computer Applications KEA230




This unit provides an introduction to the techniques used in geophysical exploration with emphasis on the practical aspects, and a practical overview of the application of computer technology in geology. Topics covered include gravity and magnetics, seismic refraction and reflection and electrical geophysical methods. Computer application topics to be covered include: geological databases, geographic information systems, image processing and geostatistics. In this unit, students will gain practical skills in geophysical data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation, useful across a wide range of fields including engineering, environmental geology, archaeology and mineral exploration.

The unit comprises a series of lectures and practicals and involves a one day compulsory excursion on a weekend.


Unit name Introduction to Geophysics and Computer Applications
Unit code KEA230
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Matthew Cracknell

Teaching staff

Dr Michael Roach

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010703

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(KEA101 and KEA102) or (KYA101 and KYA102)

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures, 2 x 2hr practical sessions weekly (13 wks), 1 day field work


Practical assignments throughout semester (35%), excursion report (15%); theory exam (50%)

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