Environmental Geology

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes
  1. 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


Land 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

Assumed Knowledge GEOS2130 or GEOS2150.
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Laboratory Exercises -
  • Presentations - Individual -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
  • Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GEOS3221
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