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Course content

The first part of the course gives an introduction to general filter theory including construction and application of the most frequently used filters within seismic data analysis. Part two gives a theoretical and practical introduction to the most fundamental techniques within seismic signal processing.

Learning outcome

Give the students the most basic theory behind seismic data processing, combined with practical exercises on computer.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4280 – Seismic signal processing


Lecturing (approx. 45 hours) and problem solving (approx. 15 hours). Basic filter exercises on computer using Matlab (approx. 10 hours). E-learning assisted seismic data processing using Promax (approx. 20 hours). Students will present selected articles related to the course curriculum.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:

We reserve the right to cancel teaching in this course in semesters when less than 3 students are admitted.


The reports written in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem count for about 30% of the total mark. A final written exam (3 hours) counts for about 70% of the total mark. The final mark is given after an overall evaluation of each student.

Language of examination

In this course exam papers are only written in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

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 one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEO4280 – Seismic signal processing

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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