GEOL312 Geophysics and Applied GIS for Earth Sciences

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 23 April 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
20 February 2020 27 February 2020 Mandatory Students must bring their own laptop to use GIS for the intensive school. Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEOL120 and EM334
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

This unit will be offered as a cross institutional unit with the University of Newcastle.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nancy Vickery (
Unit Description

An advanced work-ready unit incorporating aspects of Geophysics and Earth Sciences in a GIS environment. The unit will include an intensive school consisting of lab-based work interpreting geophysical data with geological, remote sensed and cadastral data using a GIS platform. A component of field work will involve acquisition of digital data using mobile GIS with lab-based interpretation. Geophysical methods covered include magnetics, gravity, seismicity, radiometrics and electric methods. Applications to geological mapping, mineral exploration and broader land use and planning issues will be used. Practical classes will also cover geophysical features of hand specimens.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Geological Field Techniques

ISBN: 9781444330625
Coe, A.L. and others, Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist

ISBN: 9780521809511
Dentith, M. and Mudge, S., Cambridge 1st ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Practicum 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Project Map and Report 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Project map and report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Take Home Examination 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Take Home Open Book Examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand the fundamental theoretical aspects of geophysics including applications to the broader earth-based sciences;
  2. assess the advantages and disadvantages of various geophysical techniques and their importance as independent datasets in GIS and in geoscience applications;
  3. use geophysical imagery and GIS in a range of applications that include geological and environmental mapping and mineral exploration;
  4. independently assess both field acquired and external data sets with interpretation, demonstrating GIS skills;
  5. show competency in mobile GIS techniques including data acquisition, processing and interrogation; and
  6. transmit knowledge of aspects of this subject to others in written or verbal form as required.