Geophysical Exploration: Basic Principles and Magnetics

This micro-credential covers the important characteristics common to all geophysical methods used in mineral exploration: ambiguity, interference, noise, resolution and sampling considerations, image processing and the common methods of data enhancement. The unit focuses on the magnetic method as this is the kind of data most commonly used in mineral exploration.

Beginning with the basic principles behind the geophysical methods, the unit progresses to how to most effectively enhance the data for interpretation. Using an integrated magnetic interpretation exercise, participants learn how to extract the maximum amount of geological and exploration-relevant information from this kind of data.

This exercise is based on real data acquired for mineral exploration purposes. As mineral exploration increasingly seeks deep targets under thick cover, geophysics is expected to play a greater role in exploration. The micro-credential provides the opportunity for participants to learn to work with geophysical data in a learning scenario that mimics how they are used in the work place.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Three PD Points - stackable for unspecified academic credit in award courses
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
On campus
Course dates
28 October 2024 - 1 November 2024
4 weeks
75 hours composed of 40 hours practical workshops (1 week intensive) and 35 hours of practical exercises/assessment in the subsequent three weeks.
Academic Lead
Professor Mike Dentith
$990 inc. GST
Critical information summary
GEOSM502 (PDF 246KB)

What you'll learn

Underpinning principles of geophysical methods including strengths and limitations.

Gain skills in data acquisition design, processing and interpretation.

Undertake an integrated gravity-magnetic interpretation exercise

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

This micro-credential provides a very practical approach to the application of geophysical methods of exploration to ore deposits. It is ideal for professional geoscientists seeking to advance their knowledge of the principles of geophysical exploration applied to mineral systems and their practical skills in industry-relevant use of geophysical data, particularly magnetic data

Recommended prior knowledge

This micro-credential is offered at master's level to professional geoscientists with at least a Bachelors degree.

How does it work?

Participants will work on online quizzes, practical exercises and reports.

What's next after this course?

Future study
Pathway to completion of a master's degree in Geoscience or Ore Deposit Geology at UWA.


Registrations are open.

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