Applied Geology Programme

Geology is the study of the history of our planet Earth and the processes that have acted upon it. Geologists are interested in the changes that the earth has undergone and how its physical, chemical, and biological systems have interacted during it’s 4.5 billion year history. Applied geologists utilise this historical records and knowledge to predict, find and recover materials that can be used profitably by humans, including fuels, ore minerals, and building materials.

The entire World economy is driven by energy (petroleum and uranium ores) and various metals derived from assorted mineral deposits. South Africa is endowed with numerous ore and fossil deposits, which will continue to need the attention of local geologists.

Degrees Offered

  • B.Sc. (Applied Geology)

APG 338

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

Module name

Computer Modeling

Home department

Earth Sciences

Module code

APG 338

Credit value




Module type




Main outcomes

Student should:

  • Understand principles of modeling geological processes and geological setting.
  • Develop skills to integrate geological data into computer-based models; process and analyze and evaluate resulting images.
  • Have a conceptual understanding of the application of geological models in the search for various Earth resources.

Main content

  • Basic elements in 2D and 3D geological models in geology.
  • Introduction to computer modeling packages in applied geological/hydrological industry.
  • Construction of geological/geochemical/hydrological maps and sections.
  • Integration of geological maps and sections into 2D and 3D models related to element migration and hydrocarbon occurrence and flow dynamics.


APG 232, APG 233, APG 235, APG 236 and APG 237



Prohibited combinations


Breakdown of learning time

Lectures 24

Tests and Assignments 8

Self-study: 20

Practicals: 48

Total learning time: 100

Methods of student  assessment

Tests/ Assignments 40%

Main Test 20%

Practicals 40%


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