Course Title: Geological Engineering Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geological Engineering Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Paulino Piotto

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252209

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1190 Geological Engineering Practice 1

Course Description

The course focuses on geological engineering practice in mining and construction engineering. Students will develop a detailed understanding of a sector of the industry and related projects. The course investigates complex linkages between technical content in the other courses in the program. The course will also address issues related to the social context of mining and construction engineering practice including sustainability and indigenous cultural issues in the context of a specific engineering project or industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course and its stage 1 equivalent forms the central core of the program and draws together and applies skills from other courses in the program. These courses also develop generic capabilities related to engineering practice and aspects related to the minerals industry.
Course capabilities
Technical capabilities
Identify and interpret data sources for geological engineering activities
Recognize the complementary role of geological science and engineering technology in professional practice
Personal and professional development
Ability to communicate effectively
Develop an orientation to lifelong learning in a rapidly changing professional environment
Work effectively in teams
Address environmental issues in project development
Address social issues in project development
Address financial issues in project development
Problem solving and decision-making
Model engineering problems using a systems approach and appropriate assumptions
Information literacy
Generate and assess alternative solutions to problems
Draw on data and other information resources to support decision making

1. Research and review the environmental and social context of an engineering or mining project
2. Research organizational and business models used in an engineering and/or mining project as they impact on professional practice.
3. Recognize the interaction of geology and design in controlling excavation stability in an engineering or mining project
4. Integrate geotechnical data with other data sets
5. Create and evaluate alternative solutions to a project scenario

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake case study-based learning tasks related to their workplace activities. Regular meetings/communications between RMIT staff and the student and workplace supervisor if required.

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources and locations will be made available at the commencement of the course.

Overview of Assessment

You will compile a portfolio of work which presents the outcomes of learning tasks. The quality of the portfolio will be assessed according to professional practice standards emphasizing that the work is well organized, complete, concise and potentially usable by other people as a reference in an on-going project.