Engineering and Environmental Geology

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

As an online unit provided by the University of South Australia and Open Universities Australia, Engineering and Environmental Geology aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the processes and materials of the physical environment and how this environment interacts and intersects with human activity and constructions. You will explore a range of topics, including common geological materials, general environmental considerations and engineering impact on geology and the environment.

On completion of this unit, you will learn how to describe a range of techniques that can be used to investigate geological features and identify the potential environmental impacts of various engineering activities. You will also be able to recognise the significance of rock and mineral properties in engineering and environmental problems, and outline the relationship of plate tectonics to earth processes.

This unit is delivered via a range of teaching materials and methods, including audio/video conferencing, embedded multimedia, online assessment and podcasting.

On campus requirements

 

You will also be required to attend the University of South Australia in Adelaide to complete practical and laboratory classes, which will be offered in block mode typically requiring no more than two or three days per unit.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Acceptance into the Associate Degree in Engineering

Areas of study

In this Engineering and Environmental Geology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Common geological materials
  • Engineering impact on geology and the environment
  • General environmental considerations
  • Climate considerations
  • Field geology

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Associate Degree in Engineering, University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit in Engineering and Environmental Geology offers a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue a career or further studies in engineering. You will familiarise yourself with a range of fundamental concepts and processes around the physical environment and how man-made activity has an impact on it. You will also learn how to contribute to informed discussion about the impact of geological phenomena on environmental issues, and propose effective solutions to environmental problems.

The unit is a core requirement of the Associate Degree in Engineering from the University of South Australia. Graduates of this course can look forward to enjoying a range of career opportunities, with employment paths in engineering. Qualified engineers are in high demand in a number of industries, particularly in the fields of mining and resources, civil infrastructure, construction, environmental engineering and defence.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Engineering and Environmental Geology from the University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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