Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the main geophysical principles and methods used for studying the Earth's interior structure, development through time and active geodynamic processes, as well as for mapping structures and resources in the Earth's crust.
The principles and methods for reflection and refraction of seismic waves from earthquakes and artificial sources will be presented. Magnetic, gravity-based, electrical and electromagnetic methods for mapping the crust, radiometric dating of rocks, earthquake mechanisms and heat flow are other main themes. The individual methods and their application will be illustrated through examples and exercises.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The student can
- describe the principles for reflection and refraction of seismic waves, and their significance for mapping the crust and the Earth's interior structure
- explain the connection between earthquakes and different fault mechanisms, and different methods for determining the strength and the location of an earthquake
- explain the basic principles of magnetic, electric, electromagnetic and gravity based methods for studying the Earth's crust and its evolution
- describe the principles for radiometric dating of rocks and heat flow in the Earth¿s crust
The student can
- apply the basic principles to analyze and visualize different types of geophysical data
- perform basic mathematical calculations related to geophysical data analysis
- discuss how various geophysical methods are applied to solve actual geoscientific problems
- apply an accurate terminology to describe and discuss geophysical methods and their application
- demonstrate the ability to work alone and in cooperation with others
- perform basic field work in accordance with the GEO/UiB HSE regulations
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
48 hours of lectures (4 hours/week)
24 hours of exercises (3 hours/week)
1 day field course
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory exercises in groups
Approved field report
Compulsory exercises are valid for 2 additional semesters
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
- quiz, accounts for 20% of total grade
- exercises, accounts for 30% of total grade
- written examination (3 hours), accounts for 50% of total grade
All exam parts must be graded as E or better to recieve final assessment in the course.
Digital exam, please visit: http://www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and Deecember 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact email@example.com
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.
The student coordinator can be contacted here:
Tlf 55 58 35 19
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 15.06.2018, 09:00
- 3 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam