Course Title: Geological Engineering 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geological Engineering 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr John V. Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252184

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE1105 Rock Mechnics

Course Description

The course has two major components:
1. Engineering geology is the application of geological principles and theory in the design, construction and operation of engineered structures. The course describes such applications to a wide range of structures.
2. Rock engineering is based on a previously studied course in rock mechanics. The topics studied apply the principles of rock mechanics to the design, construction and operation of underground and surface excavations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

After completing the course the student will be able to:-

1 - describe and explain the concepts of strength and failure of geological materials
2 - design, carry out and report on geotechnical investigations
3 - provide design solutions for geotechnical investigations
4 - predict and describe the interaction between site geology and engineering behaviour

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and skills of geological engineering and provide examples of design, construction and operation of foundations, excavations and other engineered structures.

Overview of Learning Activities

Self-paced modules include practice problems and assignments. Sources of data and concepts will be cited in topic learning guides. These sources are part of the subject curriculum and students will be expected to have located and studied them before completing the subject. The lectures will introduce the topics and a set of problems will be provided. Solutions to these tutorial problems will be submitted in class. Worked solutions or interpretation and comment will be posted on the following day.

A rock-mass classification project is included in the early weeks of the course to emphasise the importance of discontinuity analysis in geological engineering.

A site-investigation project is included at the end of the semester to emphasise the importance of this activity in the development of an engineering project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Topic Learning Guides:
Learning guides, notes, worked examples and other reference materials are provided

Overview of Assessment

An assignment for each topic will be completed.