GEO9280 – Seismic Signal Processing and Imaging

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the basic signal theory, seismic data processing and imaging, 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 completion of this 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 Promax software package.
  • you will get experience with oral presentations of a selected journal paper within the subject field

Admission to the course

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


Lecturing (approx. 45 hours) and problem-solving (approx. 15 hours). Basic filter exercises on a computer using Matlab (approx. 10 hours). E-learning assisted seismic data processing using Promax (approx. 20 hours).

As a PhD student, you must prepare and give an oral presentation based on a selected journal paper within the subject field. This presentation has to be approved before the final written exam.

Two project reports need to be submitted in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem. They count for ca. 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.


  • An oral presentation based on a selected journal paper has to be approved before the final written examination.
  • Two project reports need to be submitted in connection with the filter exercises and the seismic data processing problem. They count for ca. 30% towards the final grade.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for ca. 70% towards the final grade.
  • The final mark is given after an overall evaluation of each student.
  • Both the two project reports and the final written examination has to be passed individually 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 one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Examination support material

Approved calculator.

Language of examination

Subjects 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 pass/fail scale. 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) Dec. 4, 2020 4:13:46 AM

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