GEOLOGY 1104 - Geology for Engineers I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 1104 Course Geology for Engineers I Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEOLOGY 1100 Restrictions Available to B Eng (Civil & Struct), B Eng (Civil & Eng) & B Eng (Mining) & B.Eng (Chemical) & B. Mathematical & Computer Sciences students only Course Description This is an introductory course on mineralogy, the major rock groups, plate tectonics and the major geological processes, geophysics, structural geology, the fundamentals of ore deposit geology and metallic and non-metallic exploration. The geology of energy deposits (coal, oil shale, petroleum, hot dry rock and uranium) and environmental matters associated with mining will also be dealt with. There will be laboratory-based practicals introducing identification of minerals and rocks, geophysical site investigations, and practicals based on case studies.
Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Forbes
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter completing Geology for Engineers I, students should be able to:
1. Understanding of basic geological and geophysical concepts and terminology.
2. Basic understanding of geological/geophysical reports.
3. Explain the theory of plate tectonics.
4. Identify basic rock types and the properties of these rocks that an engineer may be concerned with.
5. Understand surface geological processes and how they affect engineering studies.
6. Understand internal geological processes (e.g. faults, earthquakes, volcanoes) and how they affect engineering studies.
7. Know how geophysics is used in engineering site investigation.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 4, 5, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 4, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5
Recommended ResourcesThe course is mostly based on the text: Earth: Portrait of a Planet (3rd edition) by Marshak, S. Norton & Company. This book reinforces the topics covered in lectures and provides a lot of very helpful additional reading.
Online LearningSupplementary reading can also be found in the online text: Earth’s Dynamic Systems Web Edition 1.0 by E. H. Christiansen. The textbook is free online and can be found at http://earthds.info/index.html.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of three 50-minute lectures per week. This is the source of most of the information required for tests, quizzes and practicals; many subjects are covered in detail only once and most contain some element of specialized vocabulary or facts.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Week Lecture Topic Practical Topic 1 The history of planet Earth (No practical) 2 Introduction to plate tectonics Plate tectonics 3 Earthquakes and volcanoes Earthquakes and volcanoes 4 Sedimentary rocks Minerals 5 Igneous rocks Sedimentary rocks 6 Metamorphic rocks Igneous rocks 7 Review lectures (No practical) 8 Mineral deposits Metamorphic rocks 9 Structural geology Mineral deposits 10 Geophysics and drilling Structural geology 11 Weathering and soils Drilling technology 12 Water and fossil fuels Soils
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at one scheduled practical session per week is Compulsory.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of
for grading purposes
Hurdle Outcomes being assessed/achieved Final Exam Summative 50 No 3,4,5,6,7 Practical reports (5 in total - 8% each) Formative/
40 No 2,3,4,5,6,7 On-line quizzes (5 in total - 2% each) Formative/
10 No 3,4,5,6,7
Assessment Related Requirements
Attendance at practicals is compulsory
Assessment DetailPractical Reports: (40% of total course grade). Practical reports are completed in the practical sessions and are handed in at the end of the practical or within 1 week of the practical being run. The practical work will be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assessment. Five of the practicals done through the semester will be marked at 8% for each report, the five practicals are chosen from across the course content. Answers for those not marked are posted online immediately after the due date and can be considered as review for exams. They are marked promptly to provide continual feedback to students
Quizzes: (10% of total course grade). Five on-line quizzes will be run throughout semester. Each quiz will be open for one week and will assess lecture material from the previous two to three weeks of lectures. The quizzes will provide immediate feedback throughout the semester.
Final Exam: (50% of total course grade). The final exam is held in the end of semester examinations period. The exam will address understanding of lecture and practical material from the semester.
SubmissionPractical work is submitted at the end of most practical sessions. There are no extensions for the practical work as it is to be accomplished during the practical period, and the practicals themselves are compulsory unless approval has been granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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