GEO4280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging

Course content

This course provides an introduction to basic signal theory and seismic data processing, combined with practical exercises on the computer. The topics are central to those planning to work as geologists/geophysicists within the petroleum industry as well as those planning to work with near-surface geophysics applications (engineering and environmental problems) and mineral exploration.

Learning outcome

After you complete the course,

  • you understand the basic concepts of discrete signal analysis including sampling, aliasing and discrete Fourier transform
  • you can analyze the stability of filters in the Z-domain
  • you are familiar with the construction and application of the most frequently used filters in seismic data analysis
  • you understand seismic migration/imaging
  • you can process 2D seismic data using the Promax software package

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


Teaching consists of lectures (approx. 45 hours) and problem-solving (approx. 15 hours), basic filter exercises on a computer using Matlab (approx. 10 hours), and e-learning-assisted seismic data processing using Promax (approx. 20 hours).

Two project reports need to be submitted in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem. In total they count 30% towards the final grade. 

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Two project reports need to be submitted in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem. In total they count 30% towards the final grade. 
  • A final written examination counts 70% towards the final grade.
  • Both the two project reports and the final written examination have to be passed separately in order to pass the course.

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

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Language of examination

Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 20, 2022 7:17:17 AM

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