Engineering Geology 1 (GEOL1501)

UNIT OF STUDY

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, and hydrogeology. Associated laboratory work on minerals, rocks and mapping.

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Classes

Two 2 hour lectures per week and 24 hours laboratory. Field excursions in the Sydney region, as appropriate.

Assessment

Practical laboratory work, Assignments, Tests and Quizzes, and a combined theory and practical exam (100%)

Textbooks

Portrait of A Planet by Stephen Marshak, Published by H.H. Norton and Company and readings provided via Blackboard

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: No previous knowledge of Geology assumed

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: No previous knowledge of Geology assumed

Prohibitions

GEOS1903, GEOL1902, GEOS1003, GEOL1002

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