Introduction to Geophysics

Course Information
TitleΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ ΣΤΗ ΓΕΩΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Introduction to Geophysics
CodeGGP 319Y
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDespoina Kontopoulou
Course ID40001781

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • GGP 102Y Physics
Learning Outcomes
1) Students learn about the Earth's formation (and the way this affected its structure) within the Solar system 2) Introduction in the Earth's gravity field and its basic surfaces (geoid and ellipsoid) and the way that they affect how we perceive its shape (e.g. with the use of GPS) 3) Understand the isostasy origin and principles, and how it defines the surface morphology and the lithospheric structure 4) Learn about the Earth's function as a magnet, as well as its theoretical and practical implications (e.g. magnetic maps, etc.) 5) Introcuction into the basic principles of Palaeomagnetism and its branches (Archaeomagnetism, Environmental magnetism, etc.) 6) Learn about the Earth's heat flow, the heat production mechanisms in the Earth's interior, and the temperature distibution within the Earth and its role for geodynamics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
Course Content (Syllabus)
Earth and the Solar system. Earth movements with geophysical significance. The Earth's gravity field and isostasy. Gravity anomalies and their significance. The Earth's magnetic field and palaeomagnetism. Heat and temperature of the Earth's interior.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
1) All class material (courses and exercises) is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εισαγωγή στη Γεωφυσική, Παπαζάχος Κωνσταντίνος, Παπαζάχος Βασίλειος, 1η έκδ./2008.
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