Higher-education curriculum is a set of plans and regulation about content, review material, and also study material with its knowledge transferring method. The curriculum is also contained with the evaluation which is used for guidance of study activity establishment in the institution. Curriculum should have contained the graduate-competence standard which is well-listed in, not only the main competence but also the support and other competence, that support the accomplishments of vision,mission, and objective of their respective undergraduate programme. Curriculum is filled with study course / module / block which supports the graduate-competence’s attainment and provides privilege for the student to broaden their knowledge and advancing skills based on their interest. This curriculum is also contained with a decription of study course / module / block, syllabus, learning plan, and evaluation. The curriculum have to be designed based on its relevance with  the objective, scope and advancement of the material, and also organizational activity which could encourage the existence of hard skills, self-capability, and soft skills that could be applied in any kind of term and condition.

There has been a change in the bachelor degree program’s curriculum which follows the ITB regulation, that changed from a curriculum which only contains of compulsory and elective subjects into new curriculum which consists of group of major (compulsory), major (elective), and minor subjects. Major (compulsory) subjects is a group of subjects which have to be learned by all students (35 CU), while the minor subjects (14-16 CU) is a list of subjetcs that can be taken by the students to learn outside the scope of main geophysical engineering ( i.e. bachelor degree program of Petroleum Engineering, Mining Engineering, and/or Geological Engineering ). In addition, Bachelor Degree of Geophysical Engineering Programme also provides minor subjects for other bachelor degree programme. On the other hand, major (elective) subjects are the optional groups of subjects, which consist of seismology, oil and gas, and mining & geothermal option. Moreover, there are also other minor subjects from other of study programme mentioned before in the geophysical engineering programme.

The 2013 curriculum of the undergraduate programme is designed for 8 semesters and is divided into two study stages:

  •  Stage-1: Common First Year Program (TPB):  2 semesters, 36 CU
    All students within the FMPE take the same courses
  • Stage-2: Bachelor Program: 6 semesters, 108 CU
    Compulsory Courses: 83 CU
    Elective Courses: 15 CU (Internal: 7 CU; External: 8 CU)
    Free Courses: 10 CU

Regulation for completing the Undergraduate Programme in Geophysical Engineering (UPGE)is described as follows:

Regulation for completing the Undergraduate Programme in Geophysical Engineering.


1 Minimum grade:D;  2 Minimum grade: C. **as from entering ITB


Curriculum structure of Undergraduate Programme in Geophysical Engineering.


*Compulsory Courses: 75 CU


ITB compulsory courses.


* ITB Compulsory Courses: 8 CU

*They are alternative courses on management courses set up by ITB. Students may take any one of them;

**For the environment course, students are obligated to take the environment coure (TG-4142) that is provided by the Undergraduate Programme in Geopysical Engineering.


Elective Course in theUndergraduate Programme in Geophysical Engineering.


*IE -Internal Elective Courses, RE -Recommended External Elective Courses



The strengths of the UPGE come from its curriculum design that has the following characteristics, as follow:

  • The curriculum have a multi-discipline characteristic and object-oriented.
  • The curriculum is divergent and flexible.
  • The courses were designed as a combination between learning process in class and application process in real field/industry.

Another strong point is shown by the academic staffs. The staff-student ratio is appropriately huge, allowing for proper service to the students. Staff qualification is excellent; almost 90 % are doctorate degree holders. The staff’s work ethics deserve our praise. Various competitive and innovative research grants awarded to the academic staff members every year show their high quality.



However, there are some obstacles in implementation of the programme:

  • The elective courses was not deep enough.
  • Basic knowledge was not understood deep enough by students.
  • Some geological courses, which supposed to be compulsory, are now considered as elective courses.


Area for Improvement

Considering those weaknesses, theUPGE should consider the following action plans for improvement:

  • The graduate could fill several strategical positions/roles in engineering field, resources exploration field, etc.
  • Learning-teaching process must be led so the graduate have proper skills with the IPTEK advancement, for example through company visit, final project, on job training program, etc.
  • Improve the student’s stand-alone ability. For example, the learning process must be more active than the teaching process.
  • Innovate the student’s knowledge vision and learning way. For example, course subject explanation from lecturer is a must.