Course Title: Geology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Mr. Paulino Piotto

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2209

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

University Entry requirements

Course Description

This course will develop the necessary skills for the understanding of the basic principles in geosciences, making the link between the earth’s dynamics and the shapes and the forms reflected at Earth’s surface.

You will learn to identify minerals, rocks, discontinuities, and make initial predictions related to their geo-engineering properties. During the practical sessions you will learn the basics to produce geological reports.

This course teaches the geology fundaments required in an Engineering Geological Site Investigation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

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

1 – Understand the Geology Fundamentals

2 – Read and work with topographical and geological maps

3 – Understand geological cross-sections and describe its geological history.

4 – Identify the most common minerals and rocks

5 – Research and retrieve geological data via the web – producing geological maps

6 – Conduct basic geological fieldwork investigation and produce a report

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves weekly lectures, weekly practical sessions, 4 quizzes and a field session. Assessments are completed individually (test, quizzes, and practical assignments), and in teams (group field report). These assessments build analytical and communication skills relevant to professional practice. 

Total study hours: Total of 60 teacher guided hours. It is expected that students conduct 5 hours per week of independent studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

A textbook, recommended readings, selected videos, modelling software, lecture presentations and weekly practical instructions will be available (some in hard copy and some online via the Canvas).

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment  Task 1: Weekly Prac Reports (up to 6 units)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs   2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2:  Geology Fundamentals Assessments (1 Test + 4 Quizzes)
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1

Assessment Task 3: Practical assessments - (mineral identification test, rock identification test and field report)
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLO 2,4,5,6