Course Title: Engineering Geology and Advanced Laboratory Testing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Geology and Advanced Laboratory Testing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course investigates the nature and distribution of geological materials as they relate to engineering projects.  Implications for foundations, excavation and construction materials are considered.  The range of soil and rock testing methods are reviewed.  The selection of appropriate sampling and testing methods for solving specific engineering problems is outlined with case study examples.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for MC257 Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering):

1. Needs, Context and Systems

1.1.Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

1.2. Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design

2.1. Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

2.2. Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

2.3. Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis

3.1. Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities

3.2. Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

4.1. Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities

4.2 Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Recognize uncertainty and variability of earth materials and their impact on engineering projects
  2. Select and apply appropriate soil and rock testing programs in a variety of scenarios based on a problem solving approach
  3. Complete a gap analysis of a site investigation to identify critical areas for additional data gathering
  4. Specify material testing methodologies with reference to Australian and other relevant standards systems
  5. Investigate engineering problems of varying complexity using geological methods

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around lectures, tutorials, case studies  workshop discussion and presentations

Total study hours: 

Teacher directed time (including laboratory work) 48 hrs

Self-directed research and study 48 hrs

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exams, quiz questions and references.

Subject Guides are available from the RMIT Library:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assignment 1: Review of project site details and laboratory data.

20% Week 4, CLO 1, 3

Assignment 2. Report on site investigation project and laboratory activities.

40% week 12, CLO 2, 4, 5


40%. CLO: 4, 5