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CIV2901 Geology and Geomechanics Practice

Semester 3, 2020 External
Short Description: Geology & Geomechanic Practice
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030911 - Geotechnical Engineering
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: Ali Mirzaghorbanali


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENG1901 and CIV2403


Practice courses seek to develop basic competencies and attributes commensurate with the intuitive and professional skills sought in engineering graduates. This course provides a broad introduction to the practical aspects of geology and geomechanics and focuses on the development of analytical, manual, diagnostic, communication and group interaction skills.


The course includes practice modules covering aspects of Geology and Geomechanics. Practice requirements for each module include laboratory work in a team environment, field excursions and the preparation of individual reports on these practice activities. The geological field excursion provides the student with specialised instruction on the identification and the engineering significance of geological features. Students will be required to carry out soil tests to Australian standards to gauge various engineering properties of soils.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify the engineering significance of common geological structures and discuss the implication of weathering and landform development;
  2. identify a range of minerals and rocks and applying their properties to resolve engineering examples and problems;
  3. measure basic engineering properties of soils using standard testing procedures;
  4. analyse and present experimental data to a suitable engineering standard, communicating results and conclusions effectively as a team through a written report;
  5. demonstrate an appreciation of appropriate safety procedures and workplace health and safety requirements;
  6. work effectively as a member and/or leader of a team, participating in complex tasks, and supporting others in achievement of team goals.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Minerals and Rocks 10.00
2. Structural Geology and Mapping 10.00
3. Structure of the Earth, Historical Geology and Weathering 10.00
4. Rock as Construction Materials and Site Investigations 10.00
5. Introduction and Physical Properties of Soils 40.00
6. Permeability and Flow Nets 10.00
7. Consolidation of Soil and Settlement of Structures 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Report Writing 10.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Geology & Geomechanics Reports 1 98 17 Nov 2020 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
OH&S Induction/activity 1 1 17 Nov 2020 5
Res School/Lab Attend&Particip 1 1 17 Nov 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 2)

  1. The Examiner shall notify students of the due dates for the assessments during the semester/residential school.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students should also plan to ensure their availability to attend the geology field trip. External students will undertake the geology field trip as part of the mandatory residential school.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes, field trips, site visits and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Date printed 19 September 2020