Course Title: Geological Engineering 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geological Engineering 3

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

Pre- or co-requisite CIVE1118: Geological Engineering 2

Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with specialised skills in the utilization of geological information in engineering design. The ability to accurately characterise rock masses and predict their mechanical behaviour is a key to successful ground engineering design, and has important social, civic and economic implications in infrastructure engineering.

The learning process in this course is based upon giving you the opportunity to develop as an adult learner by developing specialised knowledge in a series of lecture and tutorial sessions. You will gain confidence in applying this knowledge through problem based class exercises and field classes.

Leading practitioners in geological engineering will lead much of the learning process.  The course draws upon previous geological and engineering studies and develops an integrated approach to data collection, analysis, design and reporting.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • High level of proficiency in basic geotechnical skills including mineral identification and use of stereonet.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with industry practitioners.
  • Applied knowledge of the responsibilities of professional geotechnical engineers.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able:
1: To explain the role of geological data in engineering.
2: To collate and analyse appropriate geological data.
3: To choose appropriate engineering solutions including mining methods.
4: To evaluate engineering risk.
5: To explain the role of the geological engineering in professional practice including OH&S responsibilities.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed to develop your skills in geological engineering data collection, analysis, design and reporting, and forms part of a year long program. This semester 1 component is mainly devoted to the fields of geotechnical data interpretation, confirming capability of basic skills and geotechnical engineering professional practice.

This course will consist mainly of a program of case studies, project assignments and background research.

You will be expected to:
- Read recommended reference material
- Attend lectures
- Interact with others in tutorials
- Actively participate in class exercises and discussions
- Practice use of rock and mineral specimen identification tools
- Prepare for class tests and examinations.

The knowledge and skills attained in this semester will prepare you for a further intensive course in semester 2.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resource material and references will provided by industry practitioners during the course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will combine tasks set by industry practitioners and by the course coordinator.