Geophysical Methods (GEOS3104)


This unit introduces the common geophysical methods used to investigate the interior and dynamics of the Earth and focuses on the techniques used for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration. On completion of this unit students will have developed a thorough understanding of the common geophysical methods utilised in academia, the environmental resource exploration industry. They will be able to evaluate and critically assess most forms of geophysical data as well as actively participate in geophysical explorations. Furthermore the course will provide the students with the computational skills to process different geophysical data in an applied, resource exploration-centred perspective. The unit is aimed at students with interests in land-based and marine resource exploration, plate tectonics, internal earth structure/dynamics, and near-surface investigations of groundwater resources and environmental pollution. Students wishing to specialise in the field and become professional geophysicists will normally need to expand upon the geophysics knowledge gained from this unit and either complete an honours project or progress to postgraduate coursework in this field. In 2013 a geophysical field prac will be run, taking the students out to an area to be determined to undergo practical experience in geophysical data acquisition (gravity, ground penetrating radar, magnetics), and subsequent processing and interpretation of the data.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour practical class per week.


One 2 hour exam (50%), practical work (50%)

Practical work

Geophysical Field Prac (details to be announced)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study or ((GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924))


GEOS3906, GEOS3804, GEOS3917, GEOS3003, GEOS3004, GEOS3006, GEOS3916, GEOS3903, GEOS3017, GEOS3016

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Find a non-award course for this unit of study

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

Find a cross-institutional course for this unit of study