About this Course
This is an upper division elective for geology majors.
G112 Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 77kB Dec26 18)
My geophysics for geologists course is an elective for geology majors and provides a broad overview of global and applied geophysics. Currently the course consists of 75 minute lectures twice a week. Exercises were distributed throughout the semester and sometimes had to be split over multiple class periods or take place on a weekend 'field day'. One of learning objectives of this course is for the students to be able to design an appropriate geophysical survey with an understanding of how equipment and sampling distribution influence resolution. This year we added the GNSS exercises to the usual seismic and magnetic surveying. The students all enjoyed the GNSS exercises in part because it is an extension of something they carry around in their pockets every day.
My Experience Teaching with GETSI MaterialsAs there are not any faults scarps on our campus, we used the American River levees and a staircase as a training ground for developing sampling strategies.
Relationship of GETSI Materials to my Course
My course is 15 weeks long and the units were used throughout the semester. The accuracy-precision-error exercise was used early in the semester when we discuss the limitations of data. The kinematic GPS exercises were used toward the end of the semester after we had discussed spatial and temporal filtering. The timing was also constrained by the availability of equipment, which we only had for a couple weeks of the term. Because we only had one base station and one rover, I made myself and the equipment available for two weekends and the students came in groups of 2-3 to measure topography. Working with the students in small groups was key to the success. Having one rover and running the exercise multiple times was probably easier than trying to troubleshoot multiple rovers at the same time.