Course Title: Site Investigation Geology and Surveying

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Site Investigation Geology and Surveying

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Suelynn Choy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2650

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.10.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VCE Maths Methods (Units 3 &4) 

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce you to the basic principles of geology and surveying relevant to civil and infrastructure engineering which will provide a basis for future studies in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. It focuses on foundation, construction, hydrology and earthworks. The roles of surveyors, principles of surveying, skill development in performing surveys and computations and basic interpretation of geospatial data are also covered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):


1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

The course consists of two modules that are delivered simultaneously. On completion of this course you should be able to:


A1. describe common rock forming minerals and have an understanding of mineralogy;

A2. describe rocks commonly used as construction material. Understand the major physical properties of these rocks and their material limitations in specific applications;

A3. identify structural units of geology, particularly faults folds, and joints and be able to interpret their significance for engineering;

A4. describe weathering processes and soil formation;

A5. identify geological processes and understand their significance for engineering;

A6. interpret geological maps and cross sections to a limited extent and be able to relate such information to engineering;

A7. describe geophysical principles and relate them to survey of geological materials;


B.1 perform appropriate survey techniques and computations for engineering and construction surveys;

B.2 carry out various surveys (such as levelling and basic set outs) to a specified accuracy and perform the relevant reductions and calculations to determine final adjusted values;

B.3 describe and discuss the concept of precision, accuracy and errors, and prepare appropriate plans and diagramsfor various engineering and construction applications.

B.4 identify the growing role and capabilities of other geospatial technologies in engineering investigations and real property.

Overview of Learning Activities

 Learning activities include:

  • Lectures
  • Fieldwork activities
  • Prescribed Reading
  • Problem Solving
  • Report writing

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed preparatory readings available electronically

Recommended Textbooks

Website showing all items covered plus recommendations for further readings, and discussion board (Blackboard LMS)

Computer Labs with the required software

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be assessed via a combination of final examination, mid-semester test, field reports, student based projects and assignments.
Geology Component

Assessment Task 1. Annotated site photograph 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs A.1, A.3 and A.4.

Assessment Task 2. Geological site investigation project (Part 1) 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs A.2 and A.3.

Assessment Task 3. Geological site investigation project (Part 2) 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs A5, A.6 and A.7.

Surveying Component

Assessment Task 1. Assignment 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs B.1 and B.3.

Assessment Task 2. Field projects 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs B.2, B.3 and B.4.

Assessment Task 3. End-of-semester 2-hour exam 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs B.1 - B4