EARTHSCI 372 : Engineering Geology
2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)
This course integrates quantitative and qualitative concepts in geology as applied to engineering projects. Basics of soil and rock mechanics, hydrology, and hydrogeology will be introduced. Case histories will be used as examples throughout the lectures to demonstrate the importance and applications of geology to engineering projects. This course is good preparation for postgraduate study in engineering geology. The skills developed in this course are particularly useful for those wishing to embark on a career involving engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, civil infrastructure, and mining.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
- Evaluate and classify the engineering geological properties of rock, soil and defects. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Understand and critically evaluate the geotechnical properties and engineering significance of rock masses and soil masses. (Capability 1 and 2)
- Compare and contrast the design requirements of dams, canals, tunnels, large underground openings, large buildings and viaducts so as to be able to assess the engineering geological requirements of these engineering structures. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Demonstrate skills in the procedures of geotechnical data extraction and analysis from outcrops, drillhole cores, aerial photographs, maps and literature. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Apply ability and knowledge to make useful engineering geological maps and logs for a variety of rock and soil masses. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Critically appraise, critique, compare and contrast engineering geological models.
- Be able to read the ground – i.e. be able to interpret geomorphology in a way that contributes to geotechnical engineering and environmental assessment.
- Describe and discuss the sources of uncertainties in the engineering geology models and the concepts of representative volumes and scale effects. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
|Final Exam||50%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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