Course Title: Geology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dane Lamb

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 12, Level 11, Room 21

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

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 geology and earth science, - making the link between the earth’s dynamic processes and systems, and the physical properties and forms reflected at Earth’s surface and below the ground. 

You will learn to identify minerals, rocks, and, geological structures, and analyse/make initial predictions related to their geo-engineering properties. During the practical sessions you will learn the basics required to read and produce geological maps, cross-sections, and 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 fundamentals of geology and earth's dynamic processes

2 – Read and work with topographical and geological maps

3 – Understand geological cross-sections and reconstruct geological histories.

4 – Identify the most common minerals and rocks and understand how they formed and their key physical and chemical properties (as they apply in engineering & science)

5 – Research and retrieve geological data via the web and use this to – produce geological maps and other relevant outputs

6 – Conduct basic geological fieldwork investigations and produce appropriate, professional geological reports

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves weekly pre-recorded lectures, weekly practical sessions, 4 quizzes and a field trip. 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 an additional 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 8 submissions)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6

Assessment Task 2: Knowledge Check Quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 3: Group Mapping / Outcrop Report
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 2, 3, 5, & 6

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