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Earth Processes for Engineering (ENEN20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeENEN20002
Semester 1
Semester 2
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In this subject students will be introduced to physical earth processes and their engineering applications and implications. In particular, the subject concentrates on engineering aspects of climate, water and soils and their interactions. Simplified modelling and relevant analytical techniques are introduced throughout the subject. The students will learn about fundamental material required for later year subjects such as CVEN30010 System Modelling and Design, CVEN90044 Engineering Site Characterisation and CVEN90050 Geotechnical Engineering.


Climate and seasonality; carbon cycle, global water cycle and catchment water cycle; rainfall, infiltration, runoff and evapotranspiration; catchment processes and stochastic rainfall modelling; soil identification; landscape forming processes; basic soil mechanics; earth engineering stability; revision.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identify key aspects of the climate, soil and water environment that their course is directed towards
  2. Describe and quantify aspects of the climate system, climate variability and climate change
  3. Describe and analyse hydrological systems and the cycling and transformation of water and energy in those systems, including aspects of their variability, dependence on climate and land use and implications for soil water and runoff behaviour
  4. Describe the key soil and landscape forming processes and their geomechanical implications
  5. Describe the concept of sustainability and, given a project description, identify and justify analyses required to assess aspects of environmental sustainability in the context of climate, water and soils
  6. Quantify various constituents of soil and classify them with hydrological and engineering implications
  7. Understand how water and soil interact in natural hydrological systems and in engineering designs and quantify soil behaviour and stability caused by interaction of soil and water
  8. Assess soil stability in both natural and engineering systems with the ability to predict stresses and strengths within a soil mass

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Critical thinking and judgement
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Understanding environmental responsibilities and the need for sustainable development
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual with the capacity to be an effective team member

Last updated: 10 August 2019