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Course Specification

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Institution: King Saud University               

College/Department: College of Science/Department of Geology

A: Course Identification and General Information

1. Course title and code: Electrical and electromagnetic methods in exploration geophysics-GEO 321

2. Credit hours: 3 hrs

3. Program(s) in which the course is offered. (If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)

Department of Geology/Geophysics

4. Name of faculty member responsible for the course

Prof.Dr. Abdullaha Al-Amri

5. Level/year at which this course is offered: Level 5-3rd year

6. Pre-requisites for this course (if any): GEO 371

7. Co-requisites for this course (if any)

8. Location if not on main campus

B: Objectives 

1. Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course.

  • To familiarize students with basic knowledge of electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods.
  • Student becomes responsible for their own field works in exploration geophysics.

2. Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented.  (e.g. increased use of IT or web based reference material, changes in content as a result of new research in the field)

  • Electronic materials and computer based programs have been utilized to support the lecture course material.
  • Syllabus of the course will be found in the WebCT of the instructor.
  • The course consist two field trips. Student will learn in the field how to measure data, data acquisition, reduction and interpretation.

C: Course Description (Note:  General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)

1. Topics to be Covered


No of


Con. hours

Part I: Electrical Methods

  • Electrical properties of rocks, mechanism of electrical conduction in materials and conductivity mechanism.
  • Fundamental of the current flow in the earth.
  • Potential distribution in a homogeneous medium.
  • Apparent and true resistivity.
  • Potential and current distribution across boundary.
  • Field procedures and electrode configurations.
  • Electrical sounding and profiling techniques.
  • Qualitative and quantitative interpretation.
  • Electrochemical methods:
    1. Self-potential
    2. Induced polarization


















Part II: Electromagnetic methods



  • Classification of electromagnetic systems and its principles.
  • Magnetotelluric method.
  • Vertical loop electromagnetic.
  • Slingram and Turam systems.
  • Very low Frequency (VLF) EM.
  • Airborne method.
  • Ground penetrating radar.











2. Course components (total contact hours per semester):                      

Lecture: 32 hours/semester (2 hours/week), laboratory: 32 hours/semester, fieldwork: 2 days training/semester


3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average: for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

32 hours/semester

4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning 

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop;

A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or skill;

The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in the domain concerned.

a. Knowledge

(i)  Description of the knowledge to be acquired

  • Knowledge of basic principles of electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods.
  • Data acquisition and methods of interpretation.
  • Collecting field data, analysis and interpretation.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

  • Class lecturing will linked to case studies.
  • Homework.
  • Laboratory practice.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

  • Short quizzes in classes.
  • Midterm exam.
  • Evaluation of lab reports.
  • Final exam.

b. Cognitive Skills

(i)  Cognitive skills to be developed

  • Students will be able to make some measurements (data collecting) in the field.
  • They should be able to do data acquisition and reduction.
  • Students will be able to do analysis and interpretation (modelling and inversion).

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

  • Electrical and electromagnetic instruments and other equipments will be discussed during the course time.
  • Solving some case studies related to the course (in lab).
  • Homework assignments.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

  • Short quizzes in classes.
  • Midterm exam.
  • Evaluation of lab reports.
  • Final exam.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

(i)  Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Manage resources, time and other members of the group.
  • Communicate results of work to others.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

  • Homework assignments will be given to the students at regular intervals. 20% of the final grade allocated to the homework assignments and attendance.
  • Laboratory reports are to be written in the time of laboratory.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

  • Attendance and homework assignment.
  • Assessment of the laboratory reports.
  • Laboratory exam.

d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i)  Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

  • Use of geophysical instruments in measuring data at the field.
  • Use of computer in analysis and inversion as will as in producing lab reports and assignments.
  • Report writing in English.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

  • Available geophysical instruments will be addressed.
  • Field work.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

  • Evaluating the quality of field data.
  • Interpreting their data.
  • Report writing.

e. Psychomotor Skills (if applicable)

(i)  Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required

Not applicable.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

Not applicable.

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills

Not applicable.


5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester



Assessment task (eg. essay, test, group project, examination etc.)

Week due







Homework 1 through 6

Every two weeks




Lab report (13 one’s)





First midterm exam

Within the sixth week




Second midterm exam

Within the twelve week




Lab exam (oral)

Within the thirteen week




Final exam

In schedule


D. Student Support

1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice. (include amount of time faculty are available each week)

Office hours: 3 hr/ week for student consultation and academic advice.

E Learning Resources

1. Required Text(s)

  • Robinson and Coruh, 1988. Basic exploration geophysics. John-Wiley & Sons.
  • Lowrie, W., 1997. Fundamental of geophysics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Telford, W., Geldart, L., and Sheriff, R., 1990. Applied geophysics, second edition. Cambridge University Press.
  • Grant, F., and West, G., 1965. Interpretation theory in applied geophysics. McGraw-Hill.

2. Essential References

  • Researches (case studies) on electrical and electromagnetic methods will be provided as part of this course.
  • True field data will be provided for lab exercise in this course.

3. Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

A list of references material (books and journals) will be provided to the students.

4. Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

Search through YAHOO and GOOGLE for related topics.

5. Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations

The instructor may provide some relevant materials and learning aids.

F. Facilities Required

Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (i.e. number of seats in classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)

1. Accommodation (Lecture rooms, laboratories, etc.)

  • Lecture room equipped with a black board, overhead projector and computer.
  • Fully equipped laboratories. The laboratory will have a blackboard, overhead projector and computer.

2. Computing resources

An easily computer lab.

3. Other resources (specify --eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach list)


G   Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes

1. Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

Student course evaluation at the conclusion of the course.

2. Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department

  • Faculty assessment of the course and effectiveness of teaching delivery.
  • Periodic self- assessment of the program.

3. Processes for Improvement of Teaching

  • Undergraduate committee will review deficiencies based on the student evaluation, faculty input, course file, and program assessment.
  • Feedback from employers and alumni surveys and graduating students’ input are used to identify any deficiencies in students’ ability in applying knowledge of properties and the use of structural materials.
  • Organize workshop on effective teaching methods to enable instructors to improve their teaching skill.
  • Teaching method will focus on students’ learning and on course learning outcomes.

4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (e.g. check marking by an independent faculty member of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of a sample of assignments with a faculty member in another institution)

  • Undergraduate Committee will review samples of student work in this course to check on the standard of grades and achievements.
  • A faculty member from a reputable university will evaluate the course material and the students’ work to compare the standard of grades and achievements with those at his university. This evaluator will also comment on the laboratory facilities and the adequacy of the equipment used in the lab.

5. Describe the planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for improvement.

Self- assessment at every two years and the external assessment by the invited faculty member at every four years will be carried out. The feedback received from these assessments will be used to plan for further improvement in the course syllabus, teaching method, and delivery of course materials.



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تحميل Ch 1 Introduction
تحميل Ch 2 Electrical Properties
تحميل Ch3 Electrode Configurations
تحميل Ch 4 Electrical Refraction
تحميل Ch 5 Interpretation & Applications
تحميل Ch 6 Self Potential Method
تحميل Ch 7 Induced Polarization
تحميل Ch 8 Electromagnetic Methods
تحميل Ch 9 Ground Penetrating Radar
تحميل Ch 10 Solved Problems
تحميل Ch 11 Homework Assignments
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تحميل الجزء
تحميل Ch 1 Introduction
تحميل Ch 2 Electrical Properties
تحميل Ch 3 Electrode Configuration
تحميل Ch 4 ElectricalReflection
تحميل Ch 5 ElectricalSurveyDesign
تحميل Ch 6 SolvedProblems
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تحميل Ch 8 Magnetic Exploration
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تحميل Ch_ 1 Introduction
تحميل Ch_2 Electrical Properties
تحميل Ch_3 Electrode Arrangments
تحميل Ch_4 Interpretation & Applications
تحميل Ch_5 Self Potential Method
تحميل Ch_ 6 Induced Polarization
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