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  • Objectives
    This course is particularly suited to senior geophysicists who wish to become more familiar with recent geophysical developments. You will complete a range of coursework units and two investigative projects. You will choose your optional units in consultation with the course coordinator to ensure all elements of study are new to you and you do not study concepts and methodologies you are already highly familiar with.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance to the course is either directly from an honours degree with a minimum of a lower second class, or from the Graduate Diploma in Geophysics. Applicants may be required to take additional background units, all of which must be passed with a superior aggregate.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Science (Geophysics)
  • Course description
    Master of Science (Geophysics)

    MSc(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 012244C
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year

    Introduction

    The course format is directly comparable to the postgraduate diploma. It is only open to persons who already have an honours degree or equivalent. As such it is particularly suited to senior geophysicists who wish to become familiar with recent geophyiscal developments. The coursework elements must be new to the student and are selected in consultation with the course coordinator or Head of Department. A minor project with a formal report is required.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Entrance to the course is either directly from the honours course, with a minimum of a lower second class, or from the Postgraduate Diploma in Geophysics. Students may be required to take additional background units, all of which must be passed with a superior aggregate. The course coordinator or Head of Department will determine if such units are required.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is one year full-time or two years part-time study.

    Course Organisation

    The course structure is comprised of the following: advanced studies in geophysics - one to four full units. Advanced geophysics workshop/project - two to six full units. Background studies - maximum of two full units. Electives - maximum of three full units (in consultation with course coordinator). A compulsory dissertation unit is chosen in consultation with the course coordinator or Head of Department. The optional units listed are only an example of units that can be taken. Other units are available following consultation with the course coordinator or Head of Department.

    Professional Recognition

    The Commonwealth Public Service Board accepts the Master of Science in Geophysics as satisfying its requirements for appointment as a professional geophysicist. A degree in geophysics satisfies the academic requirements for membership to The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (USA) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    10379       v.3           Geophysics Workshop 623 - Seismic Processing                  5.0     25.0
    306191     v.2           Geophysics 621 - Theoretical Geophysics                             2.0     12.5
    306201     v.2           Geophysics 631 - Near Surface and Engineering Physics     2.5     12.5
    310305     v.2           Geophysics Project 625 Part A                                              4.0     25.0
          OR
    310307     v.2           Geophysics Project 634 Part A                                              4.0     25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:                       25.0
                                                                                                                                            100.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    10380       v.3           Geophysics 624 - Seismic Interpretation                              5.0     25.0
    306169     v.2           Geophysics 626 - Borehole Geophysics                                2.0     12.5
    306172     v.2           Geophysics 632 - Advanced Electromagnetics
                                     and Potential Fields                                                              2.0     12.5
    310306     v.1           Geophysics Project 625 Part B                                              4.0     25.0
          OR
    310308     v.1           Geophysics Project 634 Part B                                              4.0     25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:                       25.0
                                                                                                                                            100.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 1                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    306166     v.2           Geophysics 620 (Specialised Topic)                                      2.0     12.5
    306194     v.2           Geophysics 625 - Rock Physics                                             2.0     12.5
    306202     v.2           Geophysics 633 - Geophysics Applied to
                                     Mineral Exploration                                                              2.0     12.5
    306210     v.2           Geophysics 665 (Specialised Topic)                                      4.0     25.0
    4556         v.4           Geographic Information Systems 581                                   4.0     25.0
    5839         v.4           Geology 511-Petroleum Geology                                          2.0     12.5
    5940         v.4           Geological Remote Sensing 501                                           2.0     12.5
    5956         v.3           Geology 503                                                                         2.0     12.5
    5960         v.3           Geology 505                                                                         4.0     25.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 2                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit
    306167     v.2           Geophysics 622 - Seismic Modelling and
                                     Amplitude Variation with Offset                                            2.0     12.5
    306171     v.2           Geophysics 630 (Specialised Topic)                                      2.0     12.5
    306173     v.2           Geophysics 634 - Inverse Theory and Applications              2.0     12.5
    306181     v.2           Geophysics 666 (Specialised Topic)                                      4.0     25.0
    310539     v.1           Geophysics Workshop 622 - 3D Seismic Processing             3.0     12.5
    5958         v.3           Geology 504                                                                         2.0     12.5
    5962         v.4           Geology 506                                                                         4.0     25.0
    5978         v.5           Geology 522 - Ore Deposit Geology                                     3.0     12.5

    Availability

    Year      Location                 Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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