Course Syllabus for

Near-Surface Applied Geophysical Methods: Theory, Acquisition and Processing with Adaptations to Different Research Questions
Tillämpade ytnära geofysiska metoder: teori, inhämtning och bearbetning med anpassningar till olika forskningsfrågor

VTG005F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2022
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2022-01-19

General Information

Division: Engineering Geology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to increase the student’s independence in the application and in the critical review of near-surface geophysical methods. A variety of geophysical techniques can be applied in several geological, hydrogeological, environmental, engineering, and archaeological cases. The course promotes the student’s understanding of the essential theoretical principles, which are necessary for the successful application of geophysics in real cases and for the interpretation of the outcome. An important part of the content consists of field activities, where geophysical datasets related to selected problems are acquired, processed, and interpreted. The course will be adapted to the specific requirements of the students in terms of project assignment, geophysical methods, processing software and interpretation.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The participants will learn about the basics of geophysical measurements and case studies by literature study and a workshop. That will enable the student to propose a course project within the field of applied geophysics, related to their individual interests and goals (for example in archaeological or hydrogeological prospecting, civil or environmental engineering). Alternatively, a course project can be suggested by the tutors. In the course project, the participants will apply the knowledge and the skills they have obtained in the beginning of the course to their own suggested research topic. They will formulate a research question, choose and motivate the methods and tools to address it. Based on that question, they will perform a measurement survey, process and analyse their data and discuss their quality, reliability and limitations. At the end of the course, the students are expected to make a report based on their project work. That report will be peer-reviewed, presented, and discussed in the final workshop. The planning and conduction of the geophysical survey will be an interactive session with a tutor, where geophysical techniques and acquisition parameters are discussed and used. The project work includes practical training in the use of software tools, which will be provided by the tutor. Disposition Part 1: Theory of geophysical methods (theory and real case examples from literature): • Introduction to geophysical methods • Literature study about geophysical properties, methods, signal processing and inversion theory (focused on selected methods of student’s interest) • Literature study of real case examples, adapted to student’s interests. Part 2: Seminar on geophysical methods, geophysical surveys and case studies: • Student presentation seminar, based on the literature studies, about the applied geophysical methods and the chosen real case example • Discussion about critical approach to geophysical results Part 3: Demonstrations of instruments and data processing techniques. • Instrument demonstration • Data processing demonstration Part 4: Formulation of scientific questions for project work • Scientific questions to be addressed in the project work Part 5: Project planning • Project work: planning for geophysical surveys on the students scientific question Part 6: Survey and data processing • Field acquisition of datasets • Processing and inversion of data • Data visualization and interpretation Part 7: Project work and report • Report writing Part 8: Peer-review of reports and final presentation • Peer-review of the reports • Presentation of projects to other students • Workshop: final presentation, discussion and evaluation

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Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises, project. Field investigations

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. To get approved on the course the following is required: • Attendance of a minimum of 80% of class meetings. • Project work and report completed, presented, and approved. • Peer-review of another report and presence at the final workshop.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: PhD students after (at least) 25% of their PhD requirements. A general interest in (geo-)physics method is expected

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