GEOLOGY 1104 - Geology for Engineers I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Forbes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 4-7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4-7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4-7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None
    Recommended Resources
    The 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 Learning
    Supplementary 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 Modes
    The 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.
    Workload

    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 Requirements
    Attendance at one scheduled practical session per week is Compulsory.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of
    total assessment
    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/
    Summative
    40 No 2,3,4,5,6,7
    On-line quizzes (5 in total - 2% each) Formative/
    Summative
    10 No 3,4,5,6,7
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance at practicals is compulsory

    Assessment Detail
    Practical 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.
    Submission
    Practical 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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