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GEOL1501: Engineering Geology 1

Course objectives: To introduce basic geology and the principles of site investigation to civil engineering students. Expected outcomes: Students should develop an appreciation of geologic processes and their influence civil engineering works, acquire knowledge of the most important rocks and minerals and be able to identify them, and interpret geological maps with an emphasis on making construction decisions. Syllabus summary: Geological concepts relevant to civil engineering and the building environment. Introduction to minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their occurrence, formation and significance. General introduction to physical geology and geomorphology, structural geology, plate tectonics, hydrogeology, rock core logging site investigation techniques for construction. Associated laboratory work on minerals, rocks and mapping.

Code GEOL1501
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOL1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and language of geology and engineering geology
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the processes that have formed the earth, its minerals, its rocks and modify the Earth’s surface physical features
  • LO3. identify and name common rocks and minerals
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the built environment and its geological substrate and the possible impacts of natural earth hazards on engineered structures
  • LO5. interpret geological maps, geological cross-sections and rock-core logs, in the context of the built environment, construction, and engineered structures
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge of site investigation techniques and their application to decision making in construction and civil engineering practice
  • LO7. find and analyse information
  • LO8. demonstrate enhanced skills in written, oral, and interpersonal communication
  • LO9. demonstrate a team approach to scientific and engineering investigation, and the process of learning
  • LO10. demonstrate basic skills in computing, numeracy, and data handling
  • LO11. demonstrate a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner that will guide your ongoing professional development and civil engineering practice.