TPG4120 - Mineral, Engineering and Environmental Geophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 75/100 D
Work 25/100

Course content

Seismic methods (refraction and reflection), electrical methods (profiling, vertical sounding and 2D (3D) measurements), electromagnetic methods (FEM, VLF, TEM), georadar, radiometry and well logging. The lectures are limited to the topics which are relevant to mineral, engineering and environmental explorations.

Learning outcome

Understanding of possibilities and limitations for different geophysical methods used in mineralogical, engineering geological, hydrogeological, geotechnical and environmental investigations.

Ingress: The students should know how geophysics is used to map the near surface geological conditions.

Knowledge: The students should understand the main principles behind geophysical measuring techniques and how these methods are exploited for improved understanding of the near surface geology.

Skills: The students should be capable of deriving basic geophysical equations. They should also be able to perform simple geophysical computations. Furthermore, it is expected that they should know how to do geological interpretations based on geophysical data. The digital component in the course is moderate.

General competence: The students should understand that basic physics laws may be exploited in a variety of disciplines. They shall have an overview over possibilities and limitations of the geophysical methods used in engineering, hydrogeological, geotechnical and environmental studies.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, field measurements/field demonstrations, compulsory exercises (interpretations included reporting). Exercises count for 25% of the final grade. The course will, if necessary, be held in English out of consideration to registered students. The course will be evaluated of a reference group appointed early in the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (75%) and evaluation of compulsory exercises (25%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

John M. Reynolds: An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, John Wiley & Sons (second edition), course notes, articles and reports.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4017 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geophysics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 75/100 D 2021-12-09
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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