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Geoscience (10246.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment



    In this unit students investigate the processes underlying the formation of rocks and the cycle of change that leads to the development of the different classifications of soils. Students will develop an understanding of the use and relevance of the different types of rocks and soils that are available to civil engineering design and construction processes; both as a resource and a foundation material. Students will extend their knowledge base by taking part in soil-testing at a certified laboratory, and performing relevant calculations to determine the strength of cohesive and non-cohesive soils.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Describe the basic geologic processes involved in the formation of rocks and soils;

    2. Employ and administer geologic and geotechnical tests through field and laboratory work;

    3. Identify and classify key characteristics and behaviours of soils; and

    4. Examine the relationship between the properties of soils and related engineering activities.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week, consisting of 1 hour lecture and 2 hour workshops. One Field trip of 3 hours and two 3 hour laboratories are also scheduled.




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