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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr. Suelynn Choy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2650

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.30

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. On completion of this course you should be able to:


  1. describe rocks commonly used as construction material. Understand the major physical properties of these rocks and their material limitations in specific applications;
  2. identify structural units of geology, particularly faults folds, and joints and be able to interpret their significance for engineering;
  3. identify geological processes and understand their significance for engineering;
  4. interpret geological maps and cross sections to a limited extent and be able to relate such information to engineering;


  1. perform appropriate survey techniques and computations for engineering and construction surveys;
  2. carry out surveys such as levelling to a specified accuracy and perform the relevant checks, reductions and calculations to determine final adjusted values;
  3. describe and discuss the concept of precision, accuracy and errors, and prepare appropriate plans and diagrams for various engineering and construction applications;
  4. identify the growing role and capabilities of other geospatial technologies in engineering investigations and real property.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include:

  • Lectorials
  • 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 (Canvas and Microsoft Teams)

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Surveying Quizzes
Weighting 35%
This supports CLOs 5,7 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Surveying Project
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 3: Geology Assignment
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4