Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Geosciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Betts


This unit will give a broad introduction to geophysical methods for students interested in the application of physics and mathematics for mineral exploration and general earth studies. Methods for gathering, processing and interpreting gravity, magnetic and radiometric data are presented in order to provide geological constraints for mineral exploration, regional mapping and numerical models. This unit includes an introduction to regional synthesis and structural geology.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the physical principles relating to observations of gravity, magnetics, and radiometric data;

  1. Discuss the fundamental parameters and the limitations of the equipment available for field work;

  1. Use basic methods of data processing;

  1. Employ data display and analysis tools;

  1. Use qualitative and quantitative methods of interpretation;

  1. Generate a geological synthesis using case histories.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical: 40%

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week