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Geology For Engineers (ERTH10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeERTH10003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Geology for Engineers subject provides an understanding of the solid earth and the components that make up the earth’s surface. Through lectures, practicals and a field trip, the subject explores topics including minerals, rock types, rock structures, geological maps, geohazards and case studies relevant to engineering applications. On completion of this subject, students should be able to identify the basic components that make up planet Earth; comprehend the diversity of the rock-forming minerals, the processes by which rocks form and evolve; the use of structural geology in interpreting the relationships between rock units in time and space; major geohazards; and the application of this knowledge to engineering problems. Taught by a geologist and engineering geologist, the subject is an interdisciplinary exploration of the solid earth with examples relevant to civil and environmental engineering applications.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Understand the major components that make up the Earth’s surface;
  • Identify, synthesize and analyse information to interpret solid Earth materials and processes;
  • Demonstrate the ability to confront and solve unfamiliar problems;
  • Develop important academic and life skills such as the ability to communicate effectively in both written work and practicals, organisation (including timely submission of work) and collaboration in the classroom.

Generic skills

Students can expect to gain generic skills in:

  • Written communication;
  • Time management and organisation;
  • Teamwork and collaboration;
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving.

Last updated: 11 January 2018