Environmental Geology

Course code GEOS3221Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Examines the ways in which natural geological processes and geological materials can influence, and are influenced by, human activity, and how they impact on land use options. Topics studied include natural hazards, pollution of the environment, and the influence of geology on construction. Emphasis is on understanding the relevant geological processes and developing the scientific skills that are necessary to understand, and mitigate, environmental problems.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. To provide an introduction to the theoretical and applied aspects of the following
(a) The identification and mitigation of natural hazards and risk analysis
(b) Transport, attenuation and monitoring of pollutants in the subsurface
(c) The influence of geology on construction and land use.

2. To develop the following practical skills
(a) Statistical techniques for hazard analysis
(b) Photogeological interpretation
(c) Laboratory techniques in environmental analysis

3. To develop the following research and communication skills
(a) Present written reports
(b) Oral presentation of case studies
ContentLand Use Planning, Hazard Analysis and Risk Analysis
Methods in Environmental Geology (Remote Sensing, Photogeology, Geophysics, Geochemistry)
Natural Hazards (Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides, Subsidence)
Waste Disposal
Soil and Groundwater Pollution
Environmental Impact of Mining
Engineering Properties of Rocks and Soils
Geology and Construction
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2130 or GEOS2150.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks