Course Title: Environmental Geology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Geology

Credit Points: 6.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Brumley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252379

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.01

Course Coordinator Availability: As per posted consultation times

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Basic knowledge of geology and hydrogeology.

Course Description

The course covers the basic geological principles and techniques in environmental geology. Learning is facilitated by geological observation exercises in class and in the field. Topics and case studies involving geo-hazards and all phases of land development and engineering projects will be studied commencing with the pre-existing environment and progressing to the construction phase, the operational phase and the terminal phase for fixed term projects such as mining operations. Special attention is given to the impact/risk of geo-hazards on the built environment and regional land management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The engineering profession in Australia aims to facilitate its practice for the common good based on values of ethical, competent performance, innovative practice, engineering excellence, equality of opportunity, social justice and sustainable development.

This course integrates these values at a senior level so that on completion you will be able to demonstrate a professional competency embracing all these values with a specific focus on engineering excellence in sustainable management of land.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
LO1: Identify and describe soils according to AS 1726.
LO2: Discuss the properties of soils and rock in an environmental context.
LO3: Explain the requirements for a geo-environmental site investigation.
LO4: Identify the geo-environmental factors in all phases of an engineering project.
LO5: Appraise geo-environmental hazards through case studies and a field class.

Overview of Learning Activities

• Enhance the information presented in lectures with knowledge gained from reference reading.
• Participate in class discussions, practical activities and the field class.
• Complete the written assignment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture material, reference reading and case studies as provided

Overview of Assessment

Written examination of 2 hours duration (closed book)
• Value: 85%
• Due date: semester 1 exam period
• Criteria: demonstrated achievement of learning outcomes 1-5
• Feedback delivery: grade
Assignment involving field class studies.
• Value: 15%. Due date: TBA
• Criteria: demonstrated achievement to a satisfactory level of learning outcomes 4 and 5
• Return date: TBA
• Feedback delivery: grading as satisfactory or not satisfactory and comments